Former Child Brides Convince Zimbabwe Courts to Rid Child Marriage
Two former child brides of Zimbabwe fought for the rights of current children by taking the nation’s government to court challenging the practice that was common within the nation. Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court outlawed child marriage this past Wednesday, deeming it illegal and unconstitutional.
Reuters reports Loveless Mudzuru and Ruvimbo Tsopodzi fought against child marriage stating that it was a form of child abuse that restrained young girls to unsatisfactory conditions. The result was a ruling that no one under the age of 18 may enter marriage regardless of practice or customary measures.
“I really am happy that we played an instrumental part in making Zimbabwe a safe place for girls,” Mudzuru shared after the ruling
Girls that are residents of Zimbabwe are married in some cases as early as 15 and resulted in a lack of education and other health concerns.
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