ENDING CHILD MARRIAGES

Maboshe Memorial Centre (MMC) is working day and night campaigning against traditional practices, beliefs and the low social status assigned to girls. Initiation ceremonies for girls who reach puberty prepare them for marriage and gender responsibilities as defined by culture. Cultural practices such as polygamy also drive child marriage in Zambia, as young girls are married off to older men who are respected in their communities and families living below the poverty line, and families see child marriage as an opportunity to benefit financially from the bride price they receive for their daughter. Download below the MMC Child Marriage Plan of Action and Strategy and Action Plan copies.