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Nujood Ali, born in 1998, is a figure of Yemen's fight against forced marriage. At the age of ten, she obtained a divorce, breaking with the tribal tradition. She was designated by the U.S. women's magazine Glamour, which has also given the same honor to her lawyer Shada Nasser, a specialist in human rights and feminist, born in 1964.


Nujood Ali was only nine years old when her parents married her off to a man in his thirties. Regularly beaten by her in-laws, raped by her husband, she escaped on 2 April 2008, two months after the wedding. On the advice of the second wife of her father, she went directly to court, only to seek a divorce. After half a day of waiting, she was noticed by the judge, Mohammed al-għadha who took it upon himself to host her temporarily and sent father and husband in custody.

Shada Nasser agreed to defend the charge. For the lawyer, it was the continuation of a struggle begun with the installation of her practice in Sana'a, where she opened in the 1990s and the first female cabinet where she built a customer base by offering its services to women prisoners.

Yemeni law sets no minimum age for marriage but prohibits sexual relations with young wives until they are ready. In court, Shaha argued that the husband had broken the law because there had been rape. Nujood rejected the judge's proposal to resume living together after a break of three to five years. On 15 April 2008, the court granted her a divorce.

After the trial, Ali Nujood joined her family in the suburb of Sanaa. She returned to school in the fall of 2008, for the first time since her marriage, with plans to become a lawyer.

Nujood today lives in poverty. Her family's only source of income is begging. After an initial payment of 3.000 EURO for lengthy interviews, Delphine Minou, the Author of the international Bestseller "I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali:Author and Delphine Minoui:Author" did not share any revenues with Nujood although she had initially promised Nujood would receive a good portion of it. Due to subsequent negative Press Coverage about Yemen, Nujood's Passport was confiscated in March 2009 and she was denied from attending the Women's World Award in Vienna, Austria. [1]


  • Nojoud Moi, 10 years old, divorced, Delphine Minou, Paris, 2009 (ISBN 978-2749909769)


  1. ^ Kleine große Frau: profil besuchte die zehnjährige Jemenitin Nojoud Ali in Sanaa, By Emil Bobi of the Austrian News Magazine Profil 14. März 2009.
  • Rozenn Nicolle "La petite divorced of Yemen", Libération, 31 January 2009
  • "A Yemeni 10 years among women of the year," Le Nouvel Observateur, 11 November 2008
  • Delphine Minou, "Nojoud, 10 years, divorced in Yemen", Le Figaro, 24 June 2008
  • Cyriel Martin, "Yemen: a girl of 8 years gets a divorce," Le Point, 16 April 2008
  • Carla Power, "Ali & Nujood Shada Nasser: The Voices for Children," Glamour, December 2008


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