Philippines

Till Death Do Us Part

When marriage is for life, literally

The Philippines are the last country in the world where divorce is illegal: here, a marriage can be only undone by death.
Moreover, the problem is worsened by domestic violence: according to statistics, 80 percent of Filipino women are abused by their husbands. Since many years, activist groups, and among them many members of Congress, lobby hard in order to change the law.
But the Catholic Church, which in the Philippines holds an enormous sway over the political life of the country, opposes them just as hard. Meanwhile, those who desperately want a divorce find creative solutions: some even went as far as converting to Islam.

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