Tanzania has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. On average, one in three girls are married before they turn 18. In rural areas, some girls are getting married as young as 11.
The consequences of child marriage are serious – and they last a lifetime. Girls who marry young will often be forced to drop out of school and abandon their education. They’re more likely to have children before their young bodies are ready, and to be subject to abuse.
No girl should be robbed of her childhood this way. That’s why we’re standing with young people in Tanzania, as they urge their Government to amend the law and make all marriage of children under 18 illegal. Your voice can help make that change happen.
How you made change happen in Malawi
When we stand with young people around the world, we know we can make change happen.
In 2016, more than 42,000 of you signed a petition to end child marriage in Malawi – and it worked. Earlier this year, the government agreed to change the Constitution, closing a loophole that made it legal for children to be married.
Now we need your help to change the law in Tanzania too.