At a wedding reform conference on Saturday, civil affairs ministry officials called for an end to "rampant money worship," manifest in lavish gifts and escalating bride prices
, money that the groom's family pays to the bride's family.
Forced marriages is something that women still experience, usually including malobolo or a bride price
. Because men pay high bride prices
, some of them tend to view their wives as property, and women are often subjected to physical amd emotional violence at the hands of their husbands and in laws.
Prosaically, yet just as importantly, Gende sisters help their brothers become fathers by attracting large bride prices
and raising large numbers of pigs, which they give to their clans in return for the puberty ceremonies their clans funded for them and the children they bear for their husbands' clans.
Under South Sudanese law girls are not supposed to marry before the age of 18 but this is often ignored due to financial pressures with bride prices
providing families with money and livestock.
Circumcision, bride prices
and arranged marriage are features, yes, but Nuba life, Mende recalls, while struggling to switch on the gas fire in her chilly London flat at the opening of the play, is fundamentally "a warm fire around which stories are told".
Afghan women have expressed a range of fears about a Taliban return, from political to domestic - that they will be shut out of negotiations about any deals with the insurgents and that the Taliban's return would drive up bride prices
, making it more profitable for a family to force girls into marriage earlier.
Here, bride prices
are high and many buffalos are involved in the exchange.
Simon's reliance on the written record also biases her account toward facets of life likely to have been recorded: bride prices
, educational facilities, employment opportunities.
The report noted some details of Native courtship and marriage, including polygyny and payment of bride prices
, which the author called "buying wives" (p.144).
Discussions at the forum mainly centered on the urge to improve road and communication networks, deployment of well trained police in the communities, reduction in bride prices
, elimination of corruption and nepotism in the state, among others.