The Tanzania Law of Marriage Act, of 1971 [CAP 29 RE 2002] sets the minimum age at 18 for boys and 15 for girls with parental consent to marry. It also permits girls to marry at the age of 14 with the court’s permission. This makes girls more vulnerable to violence and deprives them of their most basic rights such as education and right to good health. Hence, we petition to the Government to amend section 13 and 17 of the Law of the Marriage Act and raise the minimum age of marriage to 18 for both girls and boys.
PETITIONERS: Tanzania Ending Child Marriage Network (TECMN).
Our goal is to reach 100,000 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here:
Tanzania Ending Child Marriage Network