The African Union Ambassador on Ending Child Marriages, Mrs Nyaradzai Gumbonzvanda says education and empowerment programmes for girls and women are the solution in ending poverty and early marriages.

Poverty and lack of knowledge are widely believed to be the causes of early marriages and all forms of abuse.

It is against this back ground that Mrs Gumbonzvanda said focus should now be on empowerment of girls and women to ensure they are able to fend for themselves.

Zimbabwe takes pride in producing people who have taken up influential positions globally and it is through such important people that the country benefits if they plough back home. Mrs Gumbonzvanda through her Rozaria Memorial Trust is constructing a centre to provide shelter, counselling and training for young girls and women in Murehwa.

The completion of the centre is expected to spearhead implementation of ideas that change lives of communities in Zimbabwe.