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16.

Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.

Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.

The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.


PLAIN LANGUAGE VERSION:
As soon as a person is legally entitled, he or she has the right to marry and have a family. In doing this, neither the colour of your skin, the country you come from nor your region should be impediments. Men and women have the same rights when they are married and also when they are separated.

Nobody should force a person to marry.

The government of your country should protect your family and its members.

Illustrated version

NOTES:
Marriage customs and family laws are different from place to place. Some cultures value large families, others value small ones. But you should be able to choose who you marry, and your country is obliged to protect this right and your family.

MORE:
United Nations Convention on the Consent to Marriage, Minimum Age for Marriage and Registration of Marriages (1962)
QUESTIONS AND ACTIVITIES


Ask each student to create a family tree. Ask them to take it home and interview their parents about how families came together and lived and functioned together when they were young. Have a class discussion about how families come together and function together. Compare this to the parents’ accounts and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each.
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