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Guinea: Prevalence of forced marriage among the Malinke, particularly in Conakry; likelihood of forced marriage of a woman of high school education in her twenties; availability of state protection and help from NGO's

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 6 August 2002
Citation / Document Symbol GIN39135.E
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Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Guinea: Prevalence of forced marriage among the Malinke, particularly in Conakry; likelihood of forced marriage of a woman of high school education in her twenties; availability of state protection and help from NGO's, 6 August 2002, GIN39135.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3f7d4d9a31.html [accessed 29 July 2014]
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According to a report published by the International Women's Rights Action Watch (IWRAW), young women, especially those who do not attend school, are expected to marry early (9 Nov. 2001). The report states that pressure to marry is high (ibid.). The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women's (CEDAW) Concluding Observations on Guinea stated that "despite prohibitions in statutory law, there is wide social acceptance and lack of sanctions for such practices as female genital mutilation, polygamy and forced marriage, including levirate and sororate..." (2001).

A representative of the Guinean NGO called Cellule de coordination sur les pratiques traditionnelles affectant la santé des femmes et des enfants (CPTAFE), stated in a telephone interview that, although educated women in urban areas are less likely to be forced into marriage, the family circumstances of the woman involved might determine whether or not she is pressured to marry (31 July 2002). The representative wanted to state that she was unable to "guess" the likelihood of a forced marriage, especially when it involved an educated Malinke woman, but that the practice is still accepted by the majority of the Guinean population, for cultural, social and financial reasons (ibid.).

No information on the availability of state protection for those forced into marriages could be found among sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

References

Cellule de coordination sur les pratiques traditionnelles affectant la santé des femmes et des enfants (CPTAFE). 31 July 2002. Telephone interview with a representative.

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). 2001. Concluding Observations: Guinea. [Accessed 30 July 2002]

International Women's Rights Action Watch (IWRAW). 9 November 2001. Guinea. [Accessed 30 July 2002]

Additional Sources Consulted

Africa Confidential. 1990-2001

The FREDA Center for Research on Violence against Women and Children

IRB Databases

Jeune Afrique/L'Intelligent. 1999-2002

NEXIS

Internet sites, including:

Amnesty International

Ethnologue

FGM

FIDH

Global IDP

Guinée

Human Rights Watch

Institut Panos - Afrique de l'Ouest

Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN)

International for Global Communications (IGC) - Women's Net

International Women's Rights Action Watch (IWRAW)

The Living Africa: the People-Ethnic Group

Le Monde diplomatique

ReliefWeb

University of Minnesota - Human Rights Library

World News Connection (WNC)

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