INVITATION – DBE Inaugural National CSTL Conference

INVITATION – DBE Inaugural National CSTL Conference

12 June 2018 (09h00 – 17h00)
13 June 2018 (08h30 – 14h30)

Saint George Hotel & Convention
Centre, Pretoria, Gauteng

There are no conference registration fees.
Delegates must pay for their own travel and accommodation costs.
Refreshments will beprovided for the duration of the conference.

IMPORTANT: Only online registration is accepted on or before 18 May 2018.

Online registration can be completed through the following link:

For more information download the Invitation PDF

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Child marriages outlawed in Zimbabwe

Child marriages outlawed in Zimbabwe

With effect from 20 January 2016, no person, male or female, may enter into any marriage, including an unregistered customary law union or any other union, including one arising out of religion or religious rite, before attaining the age of 18.

This ground breaking ruling by the full Constitutional Court in Zimbabwe followed an application by two Harare women (aged 19 and 20 years), themselves child brides, seeking to challenge the Customary Marriages Act, arguing that the Act was infringing on the constitutional rights of young girls and boys and exposing the girl child to the devastating consequences of early marriage: depriving girls of an education, exposing them to sexual violence, increasing the risks of sexually transmitted infections including HIV, early pregnancy and related maternal and child mortality. Both the incidence of child marriage and the consequences are exacerbated by poverty, especially in rural areas with poor access to services.

CSTL comes to Cape Town: Annual Sharing Meeting, 23-26 November 2015

CSTL comes to Cape Town: Annual Sharing Meeting, 23-26 November 2015

The stunning views of Table Mountain and the Cape Town harbour from the glass lifts of the hotel greeted delegates to the 2015 Annual CSTL Sharing Meeting. Over 70 participants representing SADC Member States attended.

The energy in the opening session was electric, as participants heard inspiring welcoming remarks from SDC (the funder), the SADC Secretariat and MIET AFRICA’s CEO. Then Mr Rindai Jaravaza, an MIET AFRICA Trustee, gave a powerful keynote address, setting out the factors critical to successful implementation, including transparency, accountability, clear communication, and realism. His closing words are a wake-up call for all of us: “When I went to school, the key resources were the black board, chalk and a whip. This will not suffice in the rights based societies of today!”
The opening session ended with a bang, literally. Delegates were treated to a performance by the Pennsylvanians, a Cape Townian minstrel band.