How to get married: Introduction
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The United Nations Population Fund has issued a report, “Getting Married: A Guide to the History and Culture of Marriage”, which explores the history of marriage, including how it came to be and how it is different today.
“The UN Population Fund is committed to the eradication of all forms of inequality and inequality of opportunity,” said UNFPA Secretary-General and International Women’s Day Chairwoman, Maria Sotelo.
“Our report looks at the evolution of marriage from a civil institution to a social institution, with some of the most significant shifts occurring in the last half century,” she said.
“The report documents how marriage has changed and evolved over time and is an important resource for understanding the dynamics of marriage and how people can use it to their advantage.”
The UNFPS report examines the changing nature of marriage in a country such as Ethiopia, which has seen a decline in marriages since the 1970s.
It was published ahead of the UN’s annual World Population Day on March 8, which is traditionally celebrated by UN agencies and activists as an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of ending family planning programmes in countries where family planning is not available.
“It is time for Ethiopia to become a country where all citizens are free to make their own decisions about family planning,” Sotela said.
The report outlines the history and origins of marriage – and the reasons why it is a social phenomenon, rather than a civil one – in Ethiopia.
It covers the evolution from a simple ceremony to a civil marriage, from a traditional ceremony in the city of Zanzibar to the modern marriage ceremony, with the introduction of adoption.
“Marriage is an essential social institution and its importance is evident in every aspect of life,” the report states.
“Marriage has been practised in many parts of the world for hundreds of years, from the ancient Greeks to the first European settlers in the New World.
Sotelo said Ethiopia has achieved a high level of gender equality and is one of the poorest countries in the world.””
We also see that, in the modern era, marriage has been a key component of the economic and social life of a country.”
Sotelo said Ethiopia has achieved a high level of gender equality and is one of the poorest countries in the world.
“As the first country to enact a gender quota in 1990, and one of only two African countries to introduce an equal pay law in 1999, Ethiopia has a long history of gender equity, including a history of women taking up leadership positions in the workforce and politics,” she added.
The story of marriageIn Ethiopia, marriage is an integral part of society.
“A large proportion of marriages today are civil,” the UN report states, adding that “the most important reason for this is the socialisation of marriage as a social practice.”
“Women, for example, take up the responsibility of raising children and raising families while men tend to take care of domestic work and care for the community,” the study states.
“Women also bear the responsibilities of caring for their families, in addition to taking up the responsibilities for work and family.”
According to the report, women are the majority of the population but they are increasingly underrepresented in positions of power and powerlessness.
“Ethiopia is home to an extensive network of traditional, family-based and informal societies and institutions that serve as a framework for family planning and provide the foundation for marriage to be recognised as a societal norm,” it states.
Women are often underrepresented among the leaders of family planning projects, and their work is often not recognised, the report said.
“Family planning programs in Ethiopia are often run by women, who have traditionally been regarded as second-class citizens,” the survey states.
The UN report also explains how women have been at the forefront of the fight against gender inequality in Ethiopia, and how this is being reflected in Ethiopia’s social and political landscape.
“Over the last decade, women have played a key role in building a social and cultural framework for ending family and reproductive segregation,” it says.
“This is reflected in the number of women participating in government and the number and variety of NGOs working on family planning issues.”
They are also leading the way in social movements such as the Women’s March on New York and the African Women’s Network in partnership with the UN, NGOs and activists.””
The importance of family in Ethiopia must be recognised and its implementation must be supported,” Sosotelo added.
Sotela called on Ethiopian women to use their social and economic power to make the country a more equal country.”
We cannot allow this country to remain a country of exclusion for women,” she warned.
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The United Nations Population Fund has issued a report, “Getting Married: A Guide to the History and Culture of Marriage”,…