Malawi changes law to end child marriage

The Malawi Parliament passed a landmark bill to amend the Constitution and harmonise the age of a child with other relevant laws thereby securing the protection of children against early marriage.

Following the passing of the Constitution (amendment) bill, Malawi becomes in compliance with the African Charter and United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which provides that a child is aged 18 and below and must be accorded all the protection by the State and its instruments.

Members of Parliament in Malawi, from the government and opposition were in full support of the bill. Salima North West MP Jessie Kabwila said the amendment to the Constitution will ensure coherence between the various pieces of legislation which protect the rights of the child.

Yes I Do

In the Yes I Do strategic alliance of five Dutch-based organisations, Rutgers strives for a future in which girls (and their communities, and nations) are no longer subjected to the debilitating and poverty-inducing impacts of child marriage (CM) female genital mutilation/ cutting (FGM/C), and unwanted teenage pregnancies (TP).

Main Role Rutgers

Rutgers will play a main role in promoting engagement of boys and (young) men for gender transformative approaches, as well as the design of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) modules that address Child Marriage (CM), Teenage Pregnancies (TP) and Female Genital Mutilation / Cutting FGM / C. Furthermore we will  play a role in lobby and advocacy.

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