Youth Dialogue Zimbabwe in collaboration with National Aids Counsel, Fhi 360, Simukai and other organisations attended a dialogue session hosted by Chiwere Primary School raising awareness on child marriages.
It was discovered the main causes of child marriage include poverty which is relieved by getting the minor married to local miners and tobacco farmers. The minors are also sent away if they happen to return home late or for walking around with a person of the opposite sex it becomes automatic marriage. The event was a success but there is need for more awareness on this matter.
The dialogue covered the following questions:
- What is Child Marriage?
- What are the causes?
- What are the legal aspects?
- What is the way forward?
Dangers of early pregnancies according to health workers:
- Complications in child marriage
- Pregnancy disorders
- School dropout
- Delivery complications
- Cervical cancer
- STI infections
- Low self esteem