Rackman Center Spearheads Raise in Minimum Legal Marriage Age


The Israeli Knesset has approved a bill which will boost the minimum legal marriage age in Israel from 17 to 18.  The new law is the

culmination of a three-year effort initiated by the Ruth and Emanuel Rackman Center for the Advancement of the Status of Women. "The time has come to adopt this law in Israel and prevent early marriage and motherhood among girls who are not ready for it either physically or mentally," said founding director Prof. Halperin-Kaddari in lauding the Center's resounding victory.  Israel's legal situation will now be consistent with that in western countries and a large number of Arab and Muslim countries, added Prof. Halperin-Kaddari, who took part in a panel discussion on marriage and divorce in a Jewish State at the annual General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, held recently in Israel.