Will Outlawing Child Marriages Curb Abuse of Minors in Zimbabwe?

Newly appointed justice minister Happyton Bonyongwe says government has completed drafting a bill, which criminalises child marriages and is working on another bill with proposed life sentences for those convicted on sexually abusing minors.



  • Zimbabwe:   Child Marriages Draft Bill Complete

    The Herald, 23 October 2017

    Government has completed drafting a Bill, which outlaws child marriages in line with the provisions of the Constitution, newly appointed Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs… Read more »

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  • Zimbabwe:   School Set to Transform Doma Children's Dreams

    The Herald, 20 September 2017

    Motion Metera is a 15-year-old boy. He has stayed in the Doma area, Mbire District, in the country's Mashonaland Central Province, all his life. Metera has never been to school and… Read more »

  • Zimbabwe:   More Effort Required to Fight Child 'Marriages'

    The Herald, 5 July 2017

    Our Children, Our Future Padare refuses to dignify the practice of sexually abusing children as "marriage". All the characteristics of a marriage are not in existence in these… Read more »

  • Zimbabwe:   The Role Culture Plays in Child Rape

    The Herald, 12 September 2017

    Sexual abuse of children is not only a stubborn scourge, but a sensitive subject because people don't want to accept that it's widespread. They want to score cheap political points… Read more »

  • Zimbabwe:   Child Marriages Empty District's Schools

    The Herald, 16 June 2017

    An average of 240 pupils have dropped from school since the beginning of the year in Mbire district, Mashonaland Central province, chiefly because of early child marriages. Read more »

  • Zimbabwe:   Female Legislators Voice Concern

    The Herald, 9 June 2017

    Female legislators have expressed concern over delays in the promulgation of laws that protect minors from being forced into early marriages. They said this at a meeting organised… Read more »

  • Zimbabwe:   Child Marriage and Child Poverty Nexus

    The Herald, 25 May 2017

    There are three key events in people's lives - birth, marriage and death - often called the standard trio. For the most part, however, only marriage comes as a choice among these… Read more »

  • Zimbabwe:   New Law to Beef Up Children's Rights

    The Herald, 22 May 2017

    The first draft of the Children's Amendment Bill is now complete and will this week be forwarded to the Attorney-General's Office, a member of the Inter-Ministerial Taskforce… Read more »

  • Zimbabwe:   One in Three Girls Sexually Abused Before Age 25

    New Zimbabwe, 10 May 2017

    ONE in every three girls in Zimbabwe is sexually abused before they reach the age of 25 and there is need for awareness raising among diverse communities on the dangers of child… Read more »

  • Zimbabwe:   Act to Criminalise Child Marriages

    The Herald, 18 May 2017

    Cabinet has approved 31 principles to be used in the amendment of the Children's Act to align it with the Constitution through criminalising child marriages and punishing parents… Read more »

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