INTERNATIONAL: Zimbabwe bans marriage for under-18s to protect child brides

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INTERNATIONAL: Zimbabwe bans marriage for under-18s to protect child brides
*Photo credit: *Newsday.co.zw
*Photo credit: *Newsday.co.zw
*Photo credit: *Newsday.co.zw

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.

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  1. So when is St lucia going to revoke the laws that allow children to marry at 16 and permit grown men to have sex with children at 16?

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