Ministerial dialogue on the development of the marriage policy

The FHR has been involved in, and is closely monitoring advocacy around, the development of a new marriage policy for South Africa. The FHR was invited to join the panel on the Ministerial Dialogue on the Development of the Marriage Policy hosted by the Department of Home Affairs. The purpose of the dialogue was to engage with thought-leaders and gender activists across various sectors and disciplines on how to mainstream equality and non-discrimination principles in marriage legislation and practice. Our key inputs focused on: Consent and capacity to marry/minimum age to marry, a review of the definition of marriage, the inconsistencies and uncertainties within the different marriage regimes which impact negatively on women and children, harmonization and alignment of laws including Islamic marriages and domestic partnerships.

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