Tongan push to stop young marriages

From , 5:05 am on 31 May 2017

An NGO in Tonga has launched a campaign to stop teenagers marrying too young. 

The Talitha Project is collaborating with the Ministry of Justice in an effort which they hope will see a law repealed which allows children between the ages of 15 and 17 get married if they have parental consent. 

The 'Let Girls be Girls!" initiative will include district consultations and education programmes for young women.

Talitha Project director Vanessa Heleta says Tonga has averaged over 50 child marriages, as they are referred to in Tonga, each year and it needs to stop.

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Vanessa Heleta Photo: RNZ Pacific/Koro Vakauta