JAMAICA OBSERVER – Zimbabwe’s top court on Wednesday outlawed marriage for anyone under the age of 18 in a ruling hailed by activists as major progress towards ending child marriage.
The Constitutional Court in Harare issued its decision after a case was brought by two women who suffered poverty and a lack of education after being forced into child marriages.
“This judgement offers serious protection to children and women who are the unfortunate victims of early marriages,” Tendai Biti, a lawyer for the women, Loveness Mudzuru and Ruvimbo Tsopodzi, told AFP.
“It deals a decisive blow to the exploitation of children… It is now for the legislature or parliament to say what are the penalties.”
Veritas, a legal group that led the constitutional court bid, applauded the ruling.
“This is a great day for gender equality, women’s rights and children’s rights and the fight against poverty,” it said, adding that it hoped other Africa countries would follow suit.