BLANTYRE (MaraPost)–Child rights activist, Maxwell Matewere says research has shown that one in every three girls in Malawi get married before the age 15 years.
“Among those married one in every three girls die as a result of complications at birth,” says Matewere whose organisation, Eye of the Child has launched a campaign to stop early marriages in rural areas.
According to him, 50 percent of girls in the country get married before they reach the age of 18.
“We want to sensitize the people on the danger of child marriages. We will remove girls from marriages and sent them back to school whilst their husbands will face the law,” said Matewere after launching the campaign last Friday in Blantyre.
Section 83 of the the country’s Constitution gives a maximum of 10 years imprisonment to anyone marries a child below 16 years of age.
“Our culture is also to blame for making the girl child to prone to early marriages. The culture does not encourage girls to go on with education instead many are encouraged to marry at a tender age,” he says.
According to him, when children get married they cannot enjoy their rights to education, association and many other rights.