Gender activists have reiterated the need for the government to hear the public call to review the Marriage Act of 1971 which allowsGIRLS as young as 14-year-old to marry with parental consent, saying it frustrates the war against child marriages and gender-based violence.
According to them, the law contradicts the effective implementation of the Child Act of 2009, which is a basic national childPROTECTIONtool.
Speaking at an event to mark 16 days of activism against gender-based violence (GBV) yesterday, the director of Women’s Legal Aid Centre (WLAC), Ms Theodosia Mhilu, said there was a public outcry, particularly by human right activists to review the law, but nothing has been done. “Now that we have the new government, we want toRESTART the push for the review of the law which actually has been a big challenge in the war against GBV,” she said.
On average, two out of five girls are married off before their 18th birthday, putting Tanzania among countries with the highest child marriage rates in the world.