Mash Central tops in child marriages

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MASHONALAND – Mashonaland Central province has recorded the highest number of child marriages in the country with 49,5% of girls and 6,7% boys said to be getting married at a young age.

This was revealed in a concept note of the 2021 National Gender Forum prepared by the Zimbabwe Gender Commission (ZGC) under the theme Action Towards the Eradication of Harmful Practises Which Breed Child Marriages and Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Young Girls.

ZGC said the prevalence of child marriages in Zimbabwe was unacceptably high with “1 in 3 (32,6%) girls and 4% boys being married before the age of 18.”

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