Malawi bans child marriage, lifts minimum age to 18

February 17, 2015 8:03 AM

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LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Malawi has passed a law banning child marriage, raising the minimum age to 18 in a country where half of girls end up as child brides.

Women rights campaigners hailed the move as "a great day for Malawian girls" and said the law would help boost development in one of the world's poorest countries.

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