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Description

Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock, is a culturally and often legally recognized union between people called spouses. It establishes rights and obligations between them, as well as between them and their children, and between them and their in-laws. It is nearly a cultural universal, but the definition of marriage varies between cultures and religions, and over time. Typically, it is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually sexual, are acknowledged or sanctioned. In some cultures, marriage is recommended or considered to be compulsory before pursuing any sexual activity. A marriage ceremony is called a wedding.

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Organizations relating to Marriage

European Federation of Catholic Married Priests / Nivelles, Belgium
European Network for the Sociological and Demographic Study of Divorce / Est. 2002
Organization of Spouses of the European Commission / Est. 1997
Widows Rights International / Est. 1996
Global Action on Widowhood / Cambridge MA, USA / Est. 2010
Global Fund for Widows / New York NY, USA / Est. 2008
European Union of Soldiers' Wives / Est. 1994
Organisation des veuves en Afrique / Bujumbura, Burundi
International Ministers' Wives and Widows Association / Macon GA, USA / Est. 1941
Imago Relationships International / New York NY, USA
Convention on the Recognition of Divorces and Legal Separations / The Hague, Netherlands / Est. 1970
Protocol Concerning the Adhesion of States Not Represented at the Third Conference on Private International Law to the Convention of June 12 1902, Relating to the Settlement of the Conflicts of Laws and Jurisdictions as Regards Divorce and Separation / Est. 1923
Convention on the Voluntary Recognition of Children Born out of Wedlock / Est. 1980
Convention of 6 Feb 1931 Containing Certain Provisions of Private International Law Regarding Marriage, Adoption and Guardianship / Est. 1953
Convention Relating to the Settlement of the Conflict of Laws Concerning Marriage / Est. 1902
Convention Concerning the Establishment of an International Scheme for the Maintenance of Rights under Invalidity, Old-age and Widows' and Orphans' Insurance / Geneva, Switzerland / Est. 1936
Convention Relating to the Settlement of the Conflict of Laws and Jurisdictions as Regards to Divorce and Separation / Est. 1902
Convention Containing Certain Provisions of Private International Law Regarding Marriage, Adoption and Guardianship / Est. 1931
Convention on Legitimation by Marriage / Est. 1970
Convention Concerning the Issuance of a Certificate of Matrimonial Capacity / Est. 1980
Convention to Facilitate the Celebration of Marriages Abroad / Est. 1964
Convention on the Recognition of Decisions Relating to the Marriage Bond / Est. 1967
Convention on the Nationality of Married Women / Est. 1957
Convention on the Law Applicable to Matrimonial Property Regimes / The Hague, Netherlands / Est. 1978
Protocol Concerning the Adhesion of States Not Represented at the Fourth Conference on Private International Law, to the Convention of July 17 1905, Relating to the Conflicts of Laws with Regard to the Effects of Marriage / Est. 1923
Convention Relating to Conflicts of Laws with Regard to the Effects of Marriage on the Rights and Duties of the Spouses in Their Personal Relationship and with Regard to Their Estates / Est. 1905
Convention on Consent to Marriage, Minimum Age for Marriage and Registration of Marriages / Est. 1962
Convention Concerning Compulsory Widows' and Orphans' Insurance for Persons Employed in Industrial or Commercial Undertakings, in the Liberal Professions and for Outworkers and Domestic Servants / Geneva, Switzerland / Est. 1933
Protocol Concerning the Adhesion of States Not Represented at the Third Conference on Private International Law to the Convention of June 12 1902, Relating to the Settlement of the Conflict of Laws Concerning Marriage / Est. 1923
Convention Concerning Compulsory Widows' and Orphans' Insurance for Persons Employed in Agricultural Undertakings / Geneva, Switzerland / Est. 1933
Convention on Celebration and Recognition of the Validity of Marriages / The Hague, Netherlands / Est. 1978
Konvention innehållande internationellt privaträttslig bestämmelser om äktenskap, adoption och förmynderskap / Est. 1931
Worldwide Marriage Encounter / San Bernardino CA, USA / Est. 1952
Association of Wives of African Missions
Association of American Wives of Europeans / Paris, France / Est. 1961
Association des couples multi-ethniques de France / Paris, France / Est. 1982
Commission internationale d'orientation matrimoniale
Judean Society / Mountain View CA, USA
Association internationale des épouses trahies
Ki-Wives International / Est. 1945
Zambia International Federation of Widowhood Associations / Mbeya, Tanzania UR
Réunions nordiques des veuves de clergymen
Police Chiefs Spouses Worldwide / Essex Junction VT, USA / Est. 1985
Organización Mundial de los Solterones
Célibataires anonymes international / Brussels, Belgium
Non Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Congress / Est. 2015
Federation of Asia Pacific Bridal Associations
European Union Foreign Affairs Spouses' Associations
European Convention on the Legal Status of Children Born out of Wedlock / Strasbourg, France / Est. 1975
Girls not Brides / London, UK / Est. 2010

View all profiles (72 total) in the Yearbook of International Organizations

World Problems relating to Marriage

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Sex scandals
Discrimination against unmarried mothers
Illegitimate children
Forced marriage
Discrimination against men in parental rights
Insecurity of Western marriages
Shortage of marriageable men
Spouses of torture victims
Dependence on unpaid female labour
Illegal marriage
Trafficking in women
Mixed race marriage
Wife abuse
Confusion over sex roles
Dependency of women in marriage
Segregation in marriage
Discrimination against illegitimate children
Discrimination against unmarried women

Action Strategies relating to Marriage

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Promoting chaste living for youth
Testing couple compatibility before marriage
Defaulting on alimony
Educating for marriage and family life
Fostering vocation of married love
Reducing threat to the survival of marriage
Narrowing alternatives for marriage
Training married couples in responsible procreation
Cohabiting
Promoting adolescent reproductive health awareness
Providing religious training for marriage
Recovering marriage covenant
Reducing social benefits for non-production of children
Ministering to widows
Marrying
Providing marriage dowry
Improving support for widowers
Deepening image of roles within marriages
Supporting spouse relations
Making satisfactory marriages
Improving image of marriage partnership
War widow
Reducing marriage dowry
Annulling
Reducing discrimination against unwed mothers

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