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Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter

Society should educate and empower girls and women as a long-term solution to the problem of child marriages.

This was said by Uzumba legislator Cde Simbaneuta Mudarikwa while contributing on the Marriages Bill in the National Assembly this week.

“The major issue that is causing child marriages is poverty within our communities which mostly affects women and girls,” Cde Mudarikwa said.

“Government should have deliberate programmes that target girls so that they are not enticed into early marriages.

“Studies have shown that empowered women are central to the stability of families, so Government should empower women through the Budget to ensure stable families and aid the prevention of child marriages.”