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Activists Welcome Efforts To End Child Marriage In Tanzania, Gambia But Say Tradition, Penalties Present Challenges

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Tanzania High Court rules against child marriage but cultural beliefs still a concern
“A landmark court ruling raising the legal age of marriage for girls in Tanzania to 18 will have little impact in ending child marriage if parents continue to marry off their daughters for bride price rather than educating them, campaigners said…” (Makoye, 7/12).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Gambia ban on child marriage could spark backlash, activist fears
“Women’s rights activists on Friday welcomed Gambian President Yahya Jammeh’s decision to ban child marriage, but said jailing parents who marry off their daughters could spark a backlash in a country where a third of girls are wed before they turn 18…” (Guilbert, 7/8).

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