Rebeca Z. Gyumi v. Attorney General (Tanzania Civil Cause No 5 of 2016, Decided July 8, 2016)

Ms. Rebecca Gyumi, the founder and director of Children’s Rights Organisation, a local charity promoting girls’ rights, brought an action before the High Court of Tanzania challenging the constitutionality of Sections 13 and 17 of the Law of Marriage Act of Tanzania (Cap. 29 R.E. 2002). This Act allows girls to marry when they are 15 years old with parental consent and 14 years old with the permission of a court. The petition sought recognition that these provisions violated girls’ rights to equality and non-discrimination and undermines their access to education.