Bethel Bayanai, H-Metro Reporter
Zimbabwe has recorded an increase of 4.3 percent in child marriages in rural areas more than in urban areas.
According to Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) of 2019 the country has witnessed about 6.4 percent in rural areas as compared to 2.1 percent in urban areas.
The Survey indicated that the percentages above are for girls who were married before the age of 15.
Survey Finding Reports has confirmed that child marriages are common among girls than boys but do not occur around the world among children of both sexes.
“In many parts of Zimbabwe parents encourage the marriage of their daughters while their still children in hopes that the marriage will benefit them both financially and socially while also relieving financial burdens on the family.
“In actual fact, child marriage compromises the development of girls and often results in early pregnancy and social isolation with little education and poor vocational training reinforcing the gendered nature of poverty,” the report says.
The report also noted that pregnancy related deaths are known to be a leading cause of mortality for both married and unmarried girls between the ages of 15 and 19 years.
“In the Sustainable Development Goals child marriage has been identified as a harmful practice which the world should aim to eliminate by 2030.”