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Say no to child marriage in Tanzania

SAY NO TO CHILD MARRIAGE

STAND WITH YOUNG PEOPLE AND HELP CHANGE THE LAW IN TANZANIA

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 violent abuse.

No girl should be robbed of her childhood this way. That’s why we’re standing with young people and brave girls in Tanzania, as they urge the Government to amend the law and make all marriage of children under 18 illegal. Your voice can help make that change happen. Sign the petition >

STAND WITH YOUNG PEOPLE IN TANZANIA

HELP MAKE CHILD MARRIAGE ILLEGAL

41,000 girls under 18 are married around the world every day

14is the age a girl can be married in Tanzania – for boys it’s 18

5,500 girls under the age of 15 give birth every day across the globe

Joyce was just 15 when she had to leave school and marry a man more than twice her age.

Joyce's story

After I finished primary school, I didn’t get a chance to go to secondary school. I regret that I didn’t go back. I would have liked to have been a nurse or a teacher.

Joyce was just 15 when she had to leave school and marry a man more than twice her age. Now she wants a different future for her daughters.

Youth advocates Upendo and Aidan are leading the campaign to make child marriage illegal in Tanzania.

Stand with young people

"From the first day I held my younger sister in my hands, I felt a responsibility. The community is ready to make a change."
- Upendo, 24

Meet Youth For Change advocates Upendo and Aidan, and find out why they’re standing with brave girls to make child marriage illegal in Tanzania.

Actor Natalie Dormer with Khadija on her visit to Tanzania

Natalie Dormer says NO to child marriage

The young girls of Tanzania are asking for an end to child marriage. I'm standing with them. Please join us.

Actor Natalie Dormer, star of Game of Thrones, has lent her support to the campaign after visiting Tanzania. During her trip she met Khadija, left, whose dreams of becoming a teacher were shattered when she had to get married.

The petition to end child marriage had more than 42,000 signatures

How you made change happen in Malawi

When we stand with girls 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.

HELP MAKE CHILD MARRIAGE ILLEGAL

STAND WITH YOUNG PEOPLE AND BRAVE GIRLS IN TANZANIA