Tag: tanzania

Dispatches: Tanzanian High Court Rules Against Child Marriage

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.

The African Union Is Unlikely to Intervene in Burundi

The African Union’s response to the Burundi crisis is very important because it is the first time, in the organization’s history, that they are attempting intervene in a country that has openly threatened to resist. As a result, African Union peacekeeping is now in uncharted territory.