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Portrait of Ruth

Ruth lives in Hopley, a suburb of Harare where the Women Advocacy Project (WAP) works. She got married at age 16 after discovering she was pregnant. She now has three children—a daughter and two sons. Ruth’s husband has a job molding bricks, but money is tight and they are having trouble paying their children’s school fees.


According to UNICEF, 32% of girls marry before 18 in Zimbabwe. Ruth’s daughter is now 16-years-old, the same age Ruth was when she married. “My wish is that my daughter completes school,” Ruth told WAP. “I would want her to get married at the age of 20, when she knows what life is all about.”


Photo by Alex Kotowski, 2018 Peace Fellow, The Advocacy Project

June 18, 2018 – Hopley, Zimbabwe

Names have been changed


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Taken on June 18, 2018