Malawi Makes Law to Help Child Marriage End

A new Malawi law that sets 18 as the minimum age for marriage is an important step toward preventing child marriage. The Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act (Marriage Act) of 2015 became law following the president’s approval. Malawi’s child marriage rates are among the highest in the world, with one out of two girls married before they turn 18. But because the the new law cannot override Malawi’s constitution, it is important that Malawi’s parliament change the constitution to raise the minimum age to 18 for both boys and girls. The early marriages place the children in danger not only to abuse but also to not having the opportunity to receive an education. What do you think of this positive change?

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