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August 27, 2015

Education key to ending child marriage in Rural Areas

EDUCATION is key in the fight against early child marriages, especially in remote or rural areas. With awareness campaigns by organizations like Real Open Opportunities for Transformation Support (ROOTS), the rural community is being enriched with enough knowledge about early, forced and child marriages. ROOTS advocates for economic and social justice and the organization is […]

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August 31, 2015

SADC PF holds a dialogue on child marriage laws

The Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF) and AWEPA hosted the Parliamentary Dialogue on Child Laws in Johannesburg South Africa on the 3rd and 4th of February. The objective of the dialogue was to sensitize the Members of SADC-PF to the issue of child marriage and its consequences. A further goal was to convince […]

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August 27, 2015

Education key to ending child marriage in Rural Areas

EDUCATION is key in the fight against early child marriages, especially in remote or rural areas. With awareness campaigns by organizations like Real Open Opportunities for Transformation Support (ROOTS), the rural community is being enriched with enough knowledge about early, forced and child marriages. ROOTS advocates for economic and social justice and the organization is […]

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August 31, 2015

Edu-tainment galore at Nyava Street Bash

Danny recounts the ROOTS street bash at Nyava Growth Point … EDU-TAINMENT GALORE AT NYAVA By Danny Nyamushamba Edu-tainment is an influential tool in various campaigns. On the 11th of July 2015 ROOTS held a street bash at Nyava Growth Point in Bindura. The main objective of the street bash was to educate the community […]

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Lest we forget: DAC 2015

Dialogue is essential in ending practices, norms and attitudes around child marriage. Today (16 June 2015), ROOTS team commemorated the Day of the African Child with more than 300 community members from David Small Farm, Shamva. We discussed practical solutions to end child marriage at the mining community. “We have the power to end child […]

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Engaging men to end child marriage

ROOTS will be hosting men’s symposiums in Seke, Marange, Bindura and Bulawayo as part of its multi-pronged strategy to end child marriages in Zimbabwe. We are engaging male counterparts in their different capacities as fathers, uncles, brothers and also perpetrators of sexual violence against girls. In most cases of child marriage occurrences; it is usually […]

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September 2, 2015

Ending Child Marriage in Zimbabwe

ROOTS embarked on The Not Ripe for Marriage campaign to end child marriages in Zimbabwe in November 2014. The overall objectives of the campaign were to build a movement of people with increased awareness on child marriages and committed to end the practice, influence change in the policy environment and advocate for legislative review and […]

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January 20, 2016

ROOTS Press Release: Zimbabwe Con Court bans child marriages

The Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe on January 20, 2016 outlawed marriages or unions for anyone below the age of 18 years. The groundbreaking ruling follows a case that was lodged on the 14th of January 2015 by ROOTS and Veritas seeking an order barring child marriages or unions of/ with children below the  age of […]

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May 30, 2016

Harmful cultural practices fueling child marriage

In the words of Nelson Mandela they can be no keener revelation on a society’s soul than the way it treats its children but when takes a closer look at some of the harmful traditional and cultural customs performed by the Nyau culture popularly known as Zvigure and the Chinamwari traditional customs which all trace […]

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Housing and child marriage

The sad tale of families living in dilapidated buildings, squatter camps and overcrowded rooms without proper sanitation and lack of adequate access to basic services like water and electricity has characterized most urban and peri urban settlements in Zimbabwe and Africa as a whole. The perennial housing crisis has not only spared the people of […]

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August 19, 2016

ROOTS Statement: Child Marriage in Mashonaland Central

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 […]

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August 30, 2016

SADC: Reverse Downward Slide on Rights

(Johannesburg) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) should take concrete steps to improve respect for human rights among its 15 member countries. SADC heads of state will meet on August 30-31, 2016, in Mbabane, Swaziland, for SADC’s 36th Summit. “Political repression and disregard for basic rights characterized several SADC countries over the past year,” […]

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