However, forced and arranged marriages of girls and boys below these ages is common in northern and rural areas of Cameroon, according to sources consulted by the Resource Information Center. 81-02 of June 29, 1981, on the civil servicestipulates: "No marriage may take place if the girl is younger than 15 or the boy is younger than 18, unless the President of the Republic grants an exemption for a serious reason.
When a married man dies, his widow is often unable to collect any inheritance, since she herself is considered part of the man's property.
The widow often is forced to marry one of the deceased's brothers.
Most of the time, the husband is a friend of the girl's father, and the marriage has been arranged without her being consulted. both report continued practice of forced marriage in parts of Cameroon.
It is in the house of this stranger-husband' that she will experience her entire sexual and domestic life" (CRLP 2000, 18). A report by the Canadian International Development Agency states: "In Cameroon, the minimum legal age to enter into marriage is 15 for women and 18 for men. Department of State human rights report on Cameroon for 2001: "Another problem facing women is forced marriage; in some regions, girls' parents can and do give them away in marriage without their consent.
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According to a senior associate for Africa at the Washington, DC-based National Democratic Institute, a non-profit organization that promotes democracy world-wide, forced marriages were still common in Cameroon, particularly among some ethnic groups in the northern, predominantly Muslim, part of the country.
Young girls are still sent into marriages with traditional rulers, lamibes, who may have ten or 15 wives.
By law the prospective spouses must consent freely to the marriage, and the consent of a prospective spouse who is a minor is valid only if his or her father and mother consent to the marriage (CRLP 2000, 18).