For every step forward women make, there are inevitable reminders that women and girls around the world still suffer unspeakable injustices and inequalities. Take the case of an 8-year-old girl in Saudi Arabia, who was recently married off to a 47-year-old man in order to settle her father's debts.

Despite her mother's vehement disagreement with the marriage, the child was married off anyway, because it turns out that mothers in Saudi Arabia do not have the same rights as fathers.

When the girl's mother took her case to the Saudi courts, a top cleric refused to annul the marriage, arguing, "A girl aged 10 or 12 can be married. Those who think she's too young are wrong and they are being unfair to her."

The case is hardly unique: According to Human Rights Watch, child marriage is common across parts of the Middle East and Africa.

Watch the video below to learn more about the case -- and other instances of forced child marriage in Saudi Arabia.