may, 2016

18may14:0015:30Child Marriages and Girls' Rightsdebate

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Event Details

Some provinces of Zimbabwe has a hight rate of child marriages where girls in the age of 12 to 16 are married. This is related to socio-cultural and religious practices (appeasing spirits) and poverty. Families with a poor background have been seen initiating child marriages in exchange of food at the expense of their girl child’s health. Child marriages have detrimental effects on young girls which range from psychological to physical effects (HIV/AIDS, cancer, miscarriages). The issue of child marriages was worsened by a statement with General Prosecutor Mr Tomana when he was quoted saying young girls at the age of 12 can marry off. This notion therefore needs policy reforms as it will further perpetuate child marriages in Zimbabwe.


Tinashe Nyoni is the Programs Manager for Youth Initiative for Community Empowerment Trust (YICET) and has four years experience working with various communities advocating for youths sexual rights in Zimbabwe

Simbarashe Chipanda is the Founder and presiding Director of Youth for life Zimbabwe Trust, he has five years of experience in community development and he holds a Bsc Honours in Sociology and Gender Development Studies. Represented Zimbabwe at the First African Girls Summit on Ending Child Marriage in Africa.

Moderator: Susanne Langer, member of the board in Women’s Council (Kvinderådet)



(Wednesday) 14:00 - 15:30


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