A call has been made for society to shun religious and cultural practices that are among the major drivers of child marriages in Zimbabwe.

Religious and traditional attitudes should not be used to justify violations of women’s rights.

18 years is the legal minimum age for marriage as recognised by the constitutional court in January 2016.

Despite campaigns to end the menace, alarming reports of child marriages are still being recorded in the country.

Speaking to the ZBC News leaders from various churches said improved access to education, realignment of the marriage act and awareness campaigns are key in ending child marriage.

Early marriage robs the girl child of their childhood as well as future development.

The marriage act allows girls aged 16 to be married while for boys it’s 18.

However, customary marriage act does not specify a minimum age for marriage.