New legal age of sexual consent will help reduce early pregnancies

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.