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The Constitutional Court in Zimbabwe has ruled child marriages to be illegal. The ruling by the court on Wednesday was preceded by two women who appealed to have the legal age of marriage for both men and women be changed to 18 years.

The United Nations Population Fund and Plan International are noted for saying child marriages discourage most girls from developing careers and therefore pushing the girls into a spiral of poverty.

Lawyer and former finance minister Tendai Biti represented the two young women, Loveness Mudzuru and Ruvimbo Tsopodzi who made the appeal out of their own experiences.

The former minister, Tendai Biti said the courts decision and ruling was historic and revolutionary.

Child marriages are a violation of human rights according to the United Nations Population Fund.

Zimbabwe being one of the highest rated South African countries practicing this human right violation, has now taken the lead to abolish the practice. The two Human Right groups also named Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi. Hopefully these nations will also abolish such practices.

Source: Sebastian Mhofu/VOA     

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