"Abuse of culture"

Child brides take battle to court in Zimbabwe

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Two child brides from Zimbabwe are stepping up their legal battle to ensure that similar fates to theirs aren’t experienced by future girls in their country. Loveness Mudzuru, 20, is challenging government officials on the nation’s Marriage Act, which they say is discriminatory because it sets the marriage age at 18 for males and 16 for females. Mudzuru was married to an older man at 16 years old, and by the time she was 17, she had two children. Another child bride, Ruvimbo Tsopodzi, has joined Mudzuru in the campaign to amend the constitution. Mudzuru sees the issue as a responsibility of government. But Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, secretary general of the World Young Women’s Christian Associations says child marriage is a socioeconomic problem that needs to be addressed by families. “This is a total failure of our families to protect the rights of girls,” she said. “It is unacceptable that girls escape poverty through getting married to older men. This is an abuse of culture and religion.”

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