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

PEC-Policy Engagement

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.