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Loveness Mudzuru and Ruvimbo Topodzi
The bravery showcased by Loveness Mudzuro aged 19 then and Ruvimbo Topodzi aged 18 then to challenge the constitutional Court of Zimbabwe on legitimate age of marriage has brought unprecedented joy.   The girls experienced the life as a child bride and vowed to have this repeated to another girl child and took it upon themselves to fight the system.
The appeal to the court was to declare unconstitutional the provisions of the Marriage Act, the customary Law and the roman Dutch Common Law which provided for marriages below the age of 18.  The young girls sought an order barring children into unregistered customary law union before the age of 18 be declared null and void.
Their wish and every mother’s wish was granted by the Constitutional Court on 20 January 2016 where section 22 (1) of the Marriages Act was struck off the statutes.  The girls supported by Real Open opportunities for Transformation Support (ROOTS) and Veritas organisations brought victory in the fight against violation of the children’s rights.
The Women’s University in Africa at its International Women’s Day Dinner & Dialogue held at the rainbow Towers on Tuesday, 22 March 2016 awarded Loveness Mudzuru and Ruvimbo Topodzi the Lifetime Achievement in Gender Issues Award for 2016