SCOEN-Uganda supports new legislation to help eradicate child marriage in Uganda within a generation

7 million child brides

Child marriage affects 70 million girls in the world and East and Southern Africa have 7 million child brides alone.

The model law has been developed in response to this high prevalence of child marriage in Africa, which is largely driven by high poverty levels, gender inequality, traditions, religion and limited educational opportunities for girls. It will provide guidance to parliamentarians, ministries of justice, policymakers, and other stakeholders in Southern African countries as they develop national laws.

Working in partnership

The new model law eliminates several loopholes that make current laws ineffective and unenforceable including those around parental and judicial consent, and conflicts between customary and statuary laws.