Muslim man begs Arewa leaders to start speaking against child marriages

A Muslim man has spoken out against child marriages prevalent in northern Nigeria and pleaded with leaders and Mallams to begin speaking against it.   Umar Ibrahim posted:   I want to go on my knees and beg Arewa Leaders and Mallams, please start speaking against child marriages. It is painful and heart wrenching to see a child struggling to back a baby, and when I asked I was told its her baby. I was shivering in anger while sharing the gift money.   He added:   I asked and was told it's normal sight at the hospital. This isn't Islam! This is your culture and it is barbaric. I'd rather not marry than marry a child. I make bold to say if you have a sister being married off at below 16 please runaway with her.   And ended with:   Those predators will marry her, divorce her with pregnancy and she'd end up being that which you think you want...

Zimbabwe court outlaws early marriage

TVC NEWS ( ZIMBABWE ): Diplomats and activists on Wednesday welcomed news that Zimbabwe's highest court had banned marriage for all under 18s in a landmark ruling many hope will be followed by other countries in Africa. The ruling was delivered Wednesday morning unanimously by all nine judges in Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court - but it took a year for it to be delivered. The new minimum age applies to both males and females. "Good news! great victory for the girls & people of #Zimbabwe #EndChildMarriage," tweeted @UNZimbabwe. British ambassador to Zimbabwe Catriona Laing is happy about the ruling and so he went on his social page to tweet: "#Zim courts give #ZimGirls a chance at life by saying #NoToChildMarriage #KeepHerSafe". The case was brought by legal watchdog Veritas, and argued by former finance minister Tendai Biti, who is a lawyer. They wanted existing laws which either did not set a minimum age for marriage or...