Gambia and Tanzania Prohibit Child Marriage, Make 18 Years the Minimum Age For marriage

The governments of Gambia and Tanzania have illegalised girls and boys getting into marriage below the age of 18.In a decision made on Friday, the 8th of June, the Tanzanian High Court outlawed child marriage so that girls can be protected from hurts of early marriage.

Images of Gambian people

The section 13 and 17 of the 1971 Tanzania Law of Marriage Act which allows girls to marriage at 15 years of age as long as there’s a parental permission and at the age of 14 with a court’s permission.

The Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh on Wednesday, July 26th announced that child marriage in Gambia is illegal.

According Human Rights Watch, the rate of child marriage is around 37% and it is one of the highest in the world, the proactive decision depicts a critical step forward. However, in Tanzania, the rate of girls married underage is around 30 per cent.

Madam Zineb Jammeh, the Gambia’s president while making a speech supported the movie of banning child marriage.