Russian Women take to Social Media to Protest

Protests have emerged on social media following statements made by Pavel Astakhov, the children’s rights ombudsman for Russia. The Russian politician was quoted as stating teen marriage are “okay” because many women in Russia age quickly. He noted that many women are “wrinkled” by the age of 27 and look to be 50. In response Russian women of varying ages have taken to social media with picture of themselves, scowling to show “wrinkles”.

The words from Astakhov set off a slew of protests, deepening concerns about policies in Russian territories. The statement was in response to questions about a wedding of a 17-year-old girl that made headlines around the globe. The teenager was allegedly forced into marrying a police captain in Chechnya. The officer is reportedly in his late 40s or early 50s, depending on the news source.

Women’s rights activists are outraged at the forced marriage, and the regular practice of marrying teenagers to older men in the region, but Astakhov’s statement have caused greater outrage and concern. Now, activists and women living in the region are worried that Astokhov, who is tasked at protecting the rights of children, is simply too biased to do his job well. They are calling for his dismissal.

Astakhov has not commented on the protest, but they continue to pile up in social media feeds if you ask Ricardo Guimarães BMG.

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