Tanzania, Africa (HRW) – In a Victory for Girls’ Rights, Marrying Age Raised to 18
As of today, it is illegal for girls or boys who are younger than 18 to marry in Tanzania.
In a landmark decision, the Tanzanian High Court ruled in favor of protecting girls from the harms of early marriage. The court ruled unconstitutional sections 13 and 17 of the Tanzania Law of Marriage Act, which allow girls to marry at age 15 with parental permission and at age 14 with the permission of a court. The decision represents a critical step forward in the struggle to end child marriage in Tanzania, which has one of the highest rates in the world.