Married too soon : Child marriage in Zimbawe


  
Abstract

There is a minimum marriageable age law in Zimbabwe, under general law of the country which is 16 for girls and 18 for boys but the practice of early marriage continues as customary law, which is also part of the legal system and is followed by any in personal matters, does not have a minimum age for marriage. Child marriages must be viewed within a context of force and coercion, involving pressure and emotional blackmail, and children that lack the choice or capacity to give their full consent. Child marriage must therefore always be considered forced marriage because valid consent is absent-and often considered unnecessary. The advocacy strategies will inevitably face resistance from the custodians of culture and religious groups who believe in the practice (Extract). 

Source
www.researchandadvocacyunit.org/index.php?option..
Author

MAUREEN SIBANDA, THE RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY UNIT

Country

GLOBAL

Contact Details

2 Ernie’s Lane, Monavale, Harare, Zimbabwe   Landline: +263(4) 339421,E-mail: admin@rau.co.zw

Year Of Publication

2011