Briefing Papers

Child marriage – An appraisal of Zimbabwe’s proposed Marriage Bill, 2019

Policy Engagement and Communications

Child marriage disproportionately affects girls, threatens their health and wellbeing, and also negatively impacts their education and life opportunities1. Given all the health and socio-economic risks of child marriage, prohibiting child marriage will save lives, protect girls’ rights and dignity, and improve their health and wellbeing. This brief presents a review of Zimbabwe’s proposed Marriage Bill, 2019, relative to the provisions of the Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF) model law for eradicating child marriage.