Gambia and Tanzania ban child marriage

    The Gambia and Tanzania have banned child marriages and those that breach the ban will suffer harsh consequences.

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    The Gambia and Tanzania have banned child marriages and those that breach the ban will suffer harsh consequences.

    Anyone that marries a girl under the age of 18 faces a jail sentence of up to 20 years.

    The high court in Tanzania imposed a ruling banning marriage under the age of 18 for boys and girls.

    In Tanzania girls as young as 14 could marry with parental consent.

    Now in The Gambia, parents and imams who give consent will also face prison sentences.

    Although women’s rights groups welcome the ban they also warn that it could lead to a major backlash and sabotage the ban as they believe it would be engage local communities to try and change their attitudes towards child marriage instead of threatening families with prison sentences.

    From now on it will be much easier for child rights groups to rescue girls from underage marriage. A big win!

     

    The Gambian president also banned female genital mutilation (FGM) and anyone ignoring that ban could face 3 years in prison.