ROOTS Statement: Child Marriage in Mashonaland Central
August 19, 2016
The Real Open Opportunities for Transformation Support commends the efforts made by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development in unearthing some of the lead causes of child marriage in Mashonaland Central.
As an organisation working in the province, we condemn abuse of office by people in positions of authority and call for an end to impunity. We also call for stiffer sentences for those found on the wrong side of the law.
ROOTS hope that all stakeholders involved in ending child marriage will move from rhetoric to action and immediately put in place measures to curb the scourge. We recommend that there be speedy alignment of the Marriages Laws to the Constitution, provision of alternatives for girls, keeping girls in school and supporting girls who are already in marriage, provision of Sexual and Reproductive Health services and information and poverty eradication.
ROOTS will continue to educate communities and work with traditional and religious leaders to ensure that there is a shift from norms that see girls being married off before they reach the age of 18.
Inserted by: ROOTS Information Desk