child marriages

Chiefs Eager to Fight Child Marriages

Chiefs in Zambia’s Southern Province have called for more support from government and the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to firmly address the rising cases of child marriages in their areas.

The traditional leaders want government and NGOs to effectively involve them as ambassadors in ending child marriages as well as other related gender-based violence cases in their chiefdoms.

African Child Bride Numbers to Soar by 2050

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says that the number of child brides in Africa will be more than double by 2050 if current trends persist because of rapid population growth and limited social change.
 
The UN agency is of the view that Africa will overtake South Asia as the region with the largest number of child brides, their number soaring to 310 million, more than 40 percent of the global total, in 2050, from 125 million, 25 percent of the total, today.
 

Child Marriage a Challenge in Malawi

Many Malawian girls escape abusive marriages, but survivors are challenged with poverty, HIV and lack of opportunities for education or employment.
 
Malawi, a country of 16 million people, is home to a million orphans - who remain particularly vulnerable when it comes to child marriage.
 
Child marriage survivors seek help from local non-governmental organisations from time to time, however, these organisations’ resources are not enough to support every girl in this situation.
 

Customary Practices Make a Mockery of New Constitutions

South Africa has one of the most progressive constitutions in the world. Despite this, President Jacob Zuma advocates for polygamy using the argument that it is freedom to practise ones culture.

Polygamy exists in a complicated space within South Africa's legal structure. The practice is legal yet at the same time the country's Constitution provides for the equal rights of women and men - something many see as inherently missing in polygamous relationships.

By-Law on Early Marriages Criticised

Some civil society leaders in Malawi are speaking against a by-law introduced by traditional authority (TA) Chitera of Chiradzulu district barring her subjects under the age of 21 from getting married.

According to Chitera, the by-law is a form of reducing increased cases of early marriage in her area, a situation she says has previously led to the highest levels of school dropout among girls.

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