Zimbabwe: Out of wedlock children face document challenges

Published: 20/Jan/2020
Source: The Chronicle (Bulawayo)

Locadia Mavhudzi, Midlands Correspondent

SOME people in the Midlands province face difficulties in accessing critical national documents due to cultural challenges as relatives refuse to accept out-of-the-wedlock children.

This was heard during a Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) workshop in Gweru last Friday.

Presenting findings at the validation workshop, the ZHRC national enquiry coordinator, Ms Goretti Mudzongo said data gathered in the province revealed that 52 percent of people interviewed had challenges in obtaining birth certificates while 31 percent faced challenges in getting national identity documents.

Ms Mudzongo said there are some hotspots in mining areas like Shurugwi and Mberengwa where several women revealed that they had challenges in accessing birth certificates for out-of-the-wedlock children.

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Themes: Birth Registration, ID Documents and Passports
Regions: Zimbabwe
Year: 2020