Posted by in Gender and Education on July 3, 2015

Zimbabwe: UN Urges Country to End Child Marriages

Zimbabwe: The United Nations has added its voice to ongoing calls to end child marriages in Zimbabwe, saying Child marriages are not only an affront to the dignity and well-being of individual girls, but they deprive nations of the social and economic benefits that derive from an educated and skilled female population.

Statistics from the 2014 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey show that 24 percent of girls aged between 15 to 19 years are married or in a union. A recent analysis of the 2012 National Housing and Population. Girls should be encouraged and supported to stay in school but for those who drop out, marriage should not be an option. They should be supported to gain access to skills development.”

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Source: Allafrica

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