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by Arron Nyamayaro, H-Metro Reporter 30/07/19

FOR years the institution of marriage has been viewed as male dominated, characterised by gender inequalities, marginalization and subordination of women’s rights, Senate President has said. Addressing guests at the Zimbabwe Women’s Parliamentarian Caucus Workshop on unpacking of the Marriages Bill 2019, Honorable Mable Chinomona said 32 percent of girls in Zimbabwe are married before the age of 18 and four percent are married before their 15th birthday according to civil society organisations. She said the new Act will update the law in line with the Constitution in respect of eradication of harmful practices and promotion of gender equality in marriages, recognition of the rights of women, youth and children and the recognition of the rights of cultural groups. She said it would preservation cultural values and practices which enhance the dignity, well-being and quality of people, the banning of pledging of children in marriage and equality of rights and obligations of spouses during and at dissolution of marriage. Hon Chinomona said the general objective is to end child marriages and address shortcomings and inconsistencies in the current marriage laws by reforming the outdated marriage laws in Zimbabwe.