Tapiwa Mufukwa |  2 months ago | uncategorized
National Director for the Zimbabwe National Council for the Welfare of Children, Reverend
Taylor Nyanhete said the new legal age of sexual consent of 18 years ruled recently by the
Constitutional Court will help in the reduction of teenage pregnancies and child marriages.
Speaking to Capitalk FM, Rev Nyanhete said in line with the Marriage Act, the marrying of
people below the age of eighteen will be not allowed hence legal marriage officers will not
allow the union of the two.
He called for awareness against early pregnancies and marriages as a way to reduce this.
Director of Mwanasikana Wanhasi Annesley Ndondo shared the same sentiments and called
for the community, government, and other organizations to work together to make this
He said church plays a pivotal role in building societies and it should be on the forefront in
fighting early marriages and pregnancies.
The number of teenage pregnancies has increased both nationally and globally in the past
years. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 21 million girls aged 15 to
19 become pregnant in developing countries each year. General statistics also show that
complications relating to pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death for girls
aged 15 -19 globally.