Sukulwenkosi Dube – Media Challenge Winner, Zimbabwe

Sukulwenkosi Dube is one of the ten winners of the Media Challenge ‘Reporting Sensitively on Harmful Practices’. Dube describes the tragic story of a victim of child marriage, Sikhulile Sibanda, who died at age fourteen following eight months of illnesses after giving birth at an early age.

The article was published in The Chronicle, Zimbabwe, on the 2nd October 2023.

Ms Zandile Sibanda shows the grave of her late daughter, Sikhulile Sibanda

According to the Zimbabwe Gender Commission, nearly 34% of girls under the age of eighteen are married countrywide. The Commission expresses concern over the surge of child marriages and exploitation of young women, and highlights their commitment to eliminating child marriage.

To read Sukulwenkosi’s full article click here.