After Malawi's New Marriage Law: What's Next to End Child Marriage?

Girls Not Brides Blog

Last week, the Parliament of Malawi adopted a law that, for the very first time, sets the minimum age of marriage from 16 to 18 years old. The Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Bill has been hailed as a step forward for Malawi, where 50% of girls are married off before 18.

But while laws are important, they are one tool in the range of measures needed to address child marriage. Enforcement measures and civic education need to complement legislation to have an impact on the lives of girls at risk of child marriage.

We spoke to Ephraim Chimwaza, Programme Manager at the Centre for Social Concern and Development (CESOCODE) in Malawi, to find out what needs to happen for this new law to make a real difference on child marriage.