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Type Report
Title Child marriage and guardianship in Tanzania: robbing girls of their childhood and infantilizing women
Volume 7
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2006
URL http://heinonline.org/HOL/LandingPage?collection=journals&handle=hein.journals/grggenl7&div=24&id;=&​page;=
The Government of Tanzania recognises that women's advancement and achievement of gender equality are a matter of human rights and a condition to social justice. Despite this step forward, the practices of child marriage and guardianship still exist in Tanzania, and are harmful to women and Tanzanian society. Tanzania must therefore abolish the practice of child marriage in order to protect the right to health of both mother and child guaranteed by domestic and international law. Indeed, despite Tanzania's admirable commitment to the welfare of its families and children, as detailed in other sections, there is no doubt that marriage under the age of eighteen violates a girl's right to equal protection, physical integrity, education, employment, and dignity by exposing her to physical, sexual, and emotional abuse while severely constraining her opportunities in life. By permitting child marriage and expelling married and pregnant children, Tanzania has failed to meet its obligations to protect the right to education. Child marriage robs girls of their childhood and violates Tanzania's constitutional, statutory, and international guarantees of the rights to equal protection, physical integrity, family, dignity, education, and employment. Guardianship laws infantilize adult women, denying mothers their right to raise their children and depriving wives of their right to live and make decisions without a guardian's consent.

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