Tanzania government had appealed a ruling raising minimum age for marriage from 15 to 18 years for girls.
Written by Rose Mirembe, The EastAfrican
Gender and children’s rights activists in Tanzania scored a major victory last week after the country’s Court of Appeal quashed the government’s appeal against a 2016 High Court ruling that raised the minimum age for marriage from 15 to 18 for girls.
The ruling makes early child marriages illegal in a country that allowed the practice despite being signatories to numerous international treaties.
Tanzania has ratified the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, and Convention of the Rights of the Child.
A panel of three appellate court judges upheld the 2016 High Court ruling banning marrying of girls aged under 18 under any circumstances, and directed that the new age of consent be made into law within a year.