The Tanzania Law of Marriage Act (1971) sets the minimum age at 18 for boys and 15 for girls with parental consent. It also permits both girls and boys to marry at 14 with a court’s permission.
This law is discriminatory against girls and creates an environment that encourages child marriage. Child marriage limits girls access to education, and exposes them to exploitation and violence – including marital rape and female genital mutilation (FGM) – and reproductive health risks.
Youth For Change Tanzania are calling for the law to be amended to set the minimum age of marriage to 18 in all cases.
Help Tanzania take an important step to eradicating child marriage - sign the petition here!