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34% Of Zimbabwean Girls Are Married Before Turning 18

34% Of Zimbabwean Girls Are Married Before Turning 18

Almost 34 per cent of girls under the age of 18 are married, while 2 per cent of their male counterparts get married before reaching the age of 18, the Zimbabwe Statistics Agency (Zimstat) has said.

The Zimbabwe Gender Commission (ZGC) says the statistics are concerning and show that child marriages and the exploitation of young women are rampant.

Addressing journalists in Harare on Friday, ZGC chairperson, Margaret Mukahanana-Sangarwe called on the public to work together to end child marriages. She said:

Child marriage is a violation of human rights and the Zimbabwe Gender Commission is concerned about the surge in the practice as well as the exploitation of young women and girls.

The Zimbabwe Statistics Agency indicates that 33.7 per cent of girls under 18 are married, which means that one in three girls under 18 are married.

Zimstat also cited that, 2 per cent of boys get married before reaching the age of 18 years. We, therefore, need to take urgent action to address the scourge.

Collectively, we have a responsibility to ensure that children, both boys and girls, enjoy their fundamental rights.

… protection of girls from any malpractices and social ills that may be sanitised through religious, traditional customs, belief systems and cultural norms is non-negotiable.

Hence, the commission is duty-bound to fulfil its constitutional mandate to ensure the prevailing of social justice and remedying of violations of rights relating to gender

Mukahanana-Sangarwe said ZGC conducted a multi-sectoral stakeholders’ inquiry on child marriages, sexual exploitation and abuse of young girls from April 4 to April 8.

The inquiry will be followed by provincial hearings starting with Harare, Manicaland, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland West and Matabeleland South from May 8 to June 10.

A report will then be compiled and delivered to Parliament and other State organs for implementation in terms of the Zimbabwe Gender Commission Act.

More: The Herald


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18 Comments

Chen 1 month ago

Marriage is just to afford arrest due to under age, after turning 18 and giving birth these young girls are send packing back to their mothers home. REGAI DZIVE SHIRI WHY TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THESE YOUNG UNDER AGE GIRLS.


𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗮𝘃𝗮𝘇𝗮 1 month ago

𝗧𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗹𝘂𝗰𝗸𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗱, 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝗴𝗶𝗿𝗹𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗱𝘂𝗺𝗽𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗻𝗮𝗻𝗰𝘆


DZG 1 month ago

were they is poverty they is no decision.


digo 1 month ago

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nhingi 1 month ago

wandipedza simba


matindindi 1 month ago

varume kusadada havo asi ndivo vane break fast yese two eggs 🍒 one Russian, 🍆 plus mayonnaise 💦💦


kkk 1 month ago

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JC Form IV 1 month ago

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1 month ago


nimrod mandishona 1 month ago

saka chashipa chii kuroorwa kwemunhu akuda hake kugara yakapinda .uye ivo mbuya ava tikada kufamba navo kudzika dzika vakaroorwa vanzwa nadzo kare vasati vasvika 18.ngavatange vatarisa vana vavo nevazukuru vavo vovaudza vasakwirwe varipasi people 18 kana vagona vozo controller nyika manje


🤨🤨 1 month ago

Imi nenyaya yekuda kurora vana vadiki ka siyanai nayo imi

c 1 month ago

varikuda zvinhu too much


young girl 1 month ago

tiri kunyanya kuda zvinhu


Mukomana 1 month ago

@Young girl, ndipooka chinhu 🙈🙈🙈

slay queen 1 month ago

most of Hre young girls have no payslips in their name but drives very good ,cars usually in 5star hotels they book for 2days or so,drinking expensive Wisky,wearing desighner brands,everyweekend they drive out to parties,most of them are uninterested in getting married ,so ZGC were au getting that statistic


Citizen 1 month ago

I agree with you

Warthog 1 month ago

why do they get married before 18.....these days all these girls are dating for survival, Its just not like their getting married before 18 just......They seek for better place to be comfy


... 1 month ago

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