Mar­riage costs coun­tries bil­lions

Swazi Observer - - NEWS -

IN­TER­NA­TIONAL- Re­spect Ru­vimbo Topodzi was 15 and walk­ing home from school in her na­tive Zim­babwe when a 22-year-old man asked her out. She turned him down but it was too late. Her fa­ther saw them and as­sumed they were al­ready to­gether. He told her she had to marry the man and live with him. She dropped out of school and soon be­came preg­nant. It was only when her hus­band be­came abu­sive that she was al­lowed back to the fam­ily home. Since then, Topodzi has been work­ing to stop other girls hav­ing the same ex­pe­ri­ence. She took on the gov­ern­ment to change the law and in­crease the min­i­mum le­gal age of con­sent for mar­riage from 16 to 18." AFP

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