It is horrifying that laws allowing rapists to walk free by marrying the victim still exist. Laws like these condone sexual assault and violence. Rape is never OK, under any circumstance.

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Where is this happening?

According to the World Bank, the Philippines, Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Kuwait, Libya, and Syria have legal provisions stipulating that the perpetrator of rape or sexual assault can escape punishment by marrying the victim.

There are also variations of these laws that exist in other parts of the world. For example, in Greece, Russia, Serbia, and Thailand an alleged rapist can avoid prosecution if the victim is underage, and in Singapore, Romania, Thailand, and Turkey, if the victim “forgives” him.

How is UN Women helping?

UN Women is a steadfast supporter of government and grassroots advocacy efforts, coordinating dialogues on the issue to help end discriminatory laws.

These laws are changing, but the pace of change is too slow. In 2018, Palestine abolished the infamous ‘rape law’ – allowing a rapist to avoid prosecution by marrying the victim, following Lebanon, Tunisia and Jordan’s governments’ moves to end the law in 2017.

How can I help?

UN Women are leading reform in this area to repeal laws that allow violence and discrimination against women to continue as a part of the Equality in Law Strategy, involving governments, grassroots groups – and public support.

People across the world are standing up in solidarity to abolish this abhorrent law and similar laws condoning violence against women where they still exist.

We need you to join us and tell the world that rape is NEVER OK. By signing your name and supporting UN Women’s work, you can help to influence change in discriminatory laws across the globe.

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