This month, lawmakers in Mozambique will debate revisions to the Criminal Code that would allow a rapist to escape punishment – by marrying the woman he attacked.
No means no – not “I do.” It forces survivors to endure the unthinkable.
If you were a woman or girl in Mozambique, not only could this law greatly increase social pressure to marry your rapist, it would actually prevent police from launching an investigation unless you (or a parent or guardian if you are a minor) made an official complaint.
It’s a gross violation of women’s rights.
Morocco had a law like this. It was repealed in January.
Because of outrage over the case of Amina Filali. She was forced to marry a man whom she said had raped her. In 2012, Amina lost all hope and swallowed rat poison and died shortly afterward.
She was just 16 years old.
When we raise our voices together, we can make a difference. Raise a furor over this bill – take action with Amnesty.
Thank you for standing with women and girls in Mozambique.
Cristina M. Finch
Managing Director, Women’s Human Rights Program
Amnesty International USA