Malawi Bans Child Marriage And Lifts Minimum Age To 18
Malawi has made a sensational stride in passing a bill that raises the minimum age for marriage from 15 to 18.
Girls are currently allowed to marry at 16, or 15 with parental consent. But many marry much younger.
In addition to the ban on child marriage, the bill passed in Malawi parliament also entails updates to the laws on marriage and divorce and making rape within marriage explicitly illegal.
The previous law permitted for girls as young as 15 being married off with parental consent. Statistically one in eight girls is married before then.
Speaking on the new law, parliamentarian Jessie Kabwila, who helped push for the new legislation, said: “This law is very important because of the number of girls who drop out of school because they are going to get married, and because of the high numbers of girls who are dying when they are giving birth.