Resource November 7, 2017

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Zina laws criminalize unmarried sex. Pregnancy becomes proof of a crime and women end up going to jail with their babies. Image by OM. Qatar, 2017.
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Getting pregnant without being married isn't a criminal offense—unless you are living in Qatar. In...

Getting pregnant without being married isn't a criminal offense—unless you are living in Qatar. In Qatar and most of the Middle East, you would be charged with the crime of zina which is defined as any act of illicit sexual intercourse between a man and a woman. Zina laws criminalize sex outside of marriage so getting pregnant without a wedding ring to show becomes proof a crime. Image by OM. Qatar, 2017.
Getting pregnant without being married isn't a criminal offense—unless you are living in Qatar. In Qatar and most of the Middle East, you would be charged with the crime of zina which is defined as any act of illicit sexual intercourse between a man and a woman. Zina laws criminalize sex outside of marriage so getting pregnant without a wedding ring to show becomes proof a crime. Image by OM. Qatar, 2017.

"A Woman's Crime and Punishment" is a multi-media report series that looks at how zina laws that criminalize unmarried sex disproportionately impact many low-skilled migrant women in Qatar, leaving them and their infant children in desperate straits.

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