The Arima Mayor and the Arima Borough Council have congratulated Government on the successful passage of the amendments to the Miscellaneous Provisions (Marriage) Bill 2016.
The council said it is proud that the amended bill would lead to greater protection for the nation’s children as the legal age for marriage has now been increased to 18.
It noted that both boys and girls stand to benefit from this amendment since more of their rights as children can be legally honoured, including their right to be protected from child labour and sexual exploitation.
Mayor Lisa Morris Julian believes this would lead to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, as she noted with concern the high statistics on girls in child marriages and the resulting challenges for them, as presented in the Parliament.
Tin this respect, the mayor and council believe that this development would decrease those challenges and work for the best interest of all citizens in the country.