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U.K. child marriage ban comes into effect

From Miriam Karmali, Freedom United

March 5, 2023 News Digest
Law banning child marriage in England & Wales comes into force
In a win for the Freedom United community, this week the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill comes into force, criminalizing child marriage in England and Wales. Previously, 16 and 17-year-olds in England and Wales were able to marry with parental or familial consent, a legal exception that left children vulnerable to being coerced into marriages against their will. Read more…
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Forced labor
Norway Football Federation renews calls for migrant worker compensation
The Norway Football Federation is expected to put forward a proposal urging FIFA to compensate exploited migrant workers on World Cup projects. Over 200 national Football Associations are due to meet in a couple of weeks for the first time since the World Cup final where this proposal will be heardRead more…
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Law & policy
Australia must protect migrant workers who report exploitation
Over 40 Australian organizations are calling on the government to urgently introduce protections for migrant workers who report their employers for exploitation, including forced labor and other forms of modern slavery. Led by Human Rights Law Centre and the Migrant Justice Institute, the coalition has put forward a proposal, entitled Breaking the Silence, which asks the Federal government to establish whistleblower protections that would allow migrant workers to report abuse without consequences for their immigration status. Read more…
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Monday March 6:
Hidden in plain sight – Women’s rights and access to justice in global value chains 

Tuesday March 7:
Modern Day Slavery Compensation Claims: Access to reparations for Survivors of Trafficking


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