Pindula
Register Login

Chiefs Say Poverty Is Fuelling Up Child Marriages

Chiefs Say Poverty Is Fuelling Up Child Marriages

President of the National Chiefs Council, Fortune Charumbira, said child marriages and teenage pregnancies are fuelled by poverty.

Charumbira made the comments while speaking at a regional traditional leaders’ meeting in Harare on Monday.

The meeting, which was attended by chiefs from several African countries, was organised by Plan International and aimed at encouraging chiefs to address and end early child marriages in Africa. Said Charumbira:

It is important that as stakeholders here gathered, we come up with solutions that address related issues such as female genital mutilation, teenage pregnancies and more importantly poverty.

I know there are some who blame culture and tradition when it comes to child marriages, however, we should not ignore the contribution of poverty to this scourge.

Because of poverty, some parents have been marrying off their children at a tender age for the bride price payment.

Sadly, such unions usually result in the disruption of education and increase the girl’s vulnerability to abuse, discrimination and gender-based violence.

First Centre of Excellence on Ending Child Marriages for the Middle East, Eastern and Southern Africa regional programmes manager Lynn Chinene said:

This project has been targeting traditional leaders as they are the custodians of culture and tradition to stop retrogressive social norms that push for child marriages. Children have to be children and not brides at a young age.

More: NewsDay

Share Article

Sponsored

More

7 Comments

John 3 months ago

Someone tell me why we still have chiefs. They just walk around wearing those ugly curtains just extorting vulnerable people.


Ini zvangu 3 months ago

Kkk maChief ma window anopfeka ma curtain.

Kid 7 3 months ago

Source of that poverty,is the problem. Zanu is the source simple


JARAVAZA 3 months ago

Charumbira is creator of all problems faced by rural people. Now I wonder what he is talking about. He is the one fueling the poverty in rural areas by forcing chiefs and public to support zane pf only to benefit poverty. Musati ngwaudzaba. Ho ro yako charumbira


❎☝️ 3 months ago

He Charumbira is the source of all problems in Zimbanwe


DaCool 3 months ago

Sunday PSL RESULTS PLIZ


@YoungAcademic 3 months ago

OUR CULTURE AND ROTTEN SOCIAL SPHERES ARE TO BLAME FOR ALL THIS..STARTING WITH LOBOLA (BASICALLY THE SALE OF FEMALE CHILDREN TO THEIR GROOMS IN ORDER TO MAKE CASH)

AND WHY IN THE 21st CENTURY ARE CHIEFS STILL REIGHNING SUPPREME OVER INNOCENT PEOPLE..THIS IS ILLEGAL ,BACKWARD AND POISONOUS. THESE UNEDUCATED CRIMINALS ARE DEGRADING THE COUNTRY'S EMAGE

THEY USE POVERTY AS AN EXCUSE (A SCRAPEGOAT) IN ORDER TO CARRY OUT THESE ILLEGAL AND CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES...POVERTY IS NOTHING NEW IN ZIMBABWE..WE HAVE LIVED IN POVERTY SINCE OUR EXISTANCE.

DESTROY THESE CHIEFDOMS AND INTRODUCE PROPER CIVILISATION PLEASE...RULE BASED ORDER AND DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED LEADERS..



Leave a comment


Recent News


News Categories



Give us Feedback