‘Child’ and ‘marriage’ do not go together

Marriage is a legally binding relationship between two adults who have the capacity to consent to it.

Marriage is a legally binding relationship between two adults who have the capacity to consent to it.

What you need to know:

  • There is no way ‘marriage’ and ‘child’ can exist in the same sentence.
  • Every girl must enjoy the right to parental care and education. We cannot afford to violate their sexual and reproductive health rights and subject them to dehumanising sexual experiences.

Joyce gave me a whole new perspective on the issue of child marriage when she came for consultation at the sexology clinic. I had just written an article on the subject, condemning the intention by our members of parliament to reduce the age of consent to 16 from 18. That debate ultimately ended when the MPs backed down.

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