The International Women’s Resource Network is applauding the government and the opposition for their collective agreement on passing the Miscellaneous Provisions (Marriage Bill), 2016 that confirms the legal age of marriage as 18 years in Trinidad and Tobago.

On Friday, 35 Government and Opposition MPs voted in favour of the legislation which first went to Parliament last December and has been the focus of extensive debate.

The organization admits that the disagreement and/or condemnation in some quarters regarding this legislation, has to do largely with a lack of understanding and/or ignorance on the part of those persons on the four (4) periods of growth and human development,  infancy  early childhood ,middle childhood  and adolescence.

Sandrine Rattan, IWRN President, said given this growth cycle, it would be quite foolhardy to continue supporting marriages below age 18.