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Swaziland: Prevalence of forced marriages and whether or not consent is required in both civil and customary marriages

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 21 December 2000
Citation / Document Symbol SWZ35673.E
Reference 2
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Swaziland: Prevalence of forced marriages and whether or not consent is required in both civil and customary marriages, 21 December 2000, SWZ35673.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3df4beae14.html [accessed 31 July 2014]
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No reports on the prevalence of forced marriages could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

Country Reports 1999, without making reference to whether or not consent is required for marriages, describes the need for women to obtain consent in other areas: "a woman generally requires her husband to borrow money, open a bank account, obtain a passport, leave the country, gain access to land, and, in some cases, take a job. Unmarried women require a close male relative's permission to obtain a passport. Despite the 1980 Employment Act that required equal pay for equal work, men's average wage rates by skill category usually exceed those of women" (2000, 488).

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 see the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

Reference

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1999. 2000. United States Department of State. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office.

Additional Sources Consulted

Africa Confidential [London].

Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series [Oxford].

– Keesing's Record of World Events [Cambridge].

– New African [London].

Resource Centre. Country File. Swaziland.

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