Government says  it is coordinating the anti-gender based violence act which will correct young girls from engaging in abusive relationships.

Minister of Gender Victoria Kalima says her ministry was reviewing the Act to protect young girls especially of school going age from being abused during relationships which she said contributes to the rise of sexually transmitted diseases like HIV/AIDS, among others.

ZANIS reports the minister saying during an interview in Lusaka today that girls account for 71 percent of new infections among adolescents in the sub-Saharan Africa of which this should change.

She attributed the high rates of HIV/AIDS to low self-esteem and lack of confidence in women as well as limited or zero negotiating skills for safe sex.

 

She said the dreams program will go a long way in contributing to the reduction if not the elimination of new infections among women adolescents.

 

And National Arts Council Chairperson Mulenga Kapwepwe said in the past ten years,  Lubuto Library partners has been serving the most marginalized African children and youths in the country.

Ms Kapwepwe, who is also Lubuto Library Partners Advisory board member, added that  through its unique model, beneficiaries are able to develop the knowledge and skills that reconnect them to their culture, respective communities thereby enable them to fully participate in society.

The  Lubuto libraries has had more than Eight Hundred and Twenty one thousand five hundred and eight (821, 538) visits of which Three Hundred and Six Thousand Three Hundred and Ninety Six (306, 396) visits were by girls.

 

Speaking earlier,  Lubuto Library Partners Country Director Kasonde Mukonde said that his institution provides an open system of libraries and accessible services to children in order for them to become better citizens.

 

Mr. Kasonde said public libraries are a platform for linking high-risk girls to the information and services that empower them to develop life skills, avoid HIV infection and stay in schools.

 

He has since announce that Lubuto Library Partners will over the next course of two years target at least 20, 00 young girls aged between 15-24 years through libraries in Lusaka.

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  1. How had an act ever protected anyone. A simple law cannot stop abusers. What you need is a radical sensitisation program to educate women on ways to avoid abuse and to report it. Having worked on a high level rape in depth study in South Africa one of key findings was that the problem is women don’t report cases as they feel like they will be looked down upon. Ba pf wake up and be proactive for once. With lungu pardoning a child molester like general kanene we don’t expect much from pf

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  2. VICTOIA KALIMA WAS NRDC OPEN for SEX AT COLLEGE, ANYONE WITH CASH COULD BONK FESTUS WAS THE FIRST ONE THEN THE LATE CLEMEMT WHO ENDED UP MARRYING HER, SO HOW CAN SHE TALK OF PROTECTING YOUNG GIRLS WHEN SHE HERSELF WAS RECKLESSLY GIVING IN I HEAR EVEN UP TO NOW KATUNGISA MANINGI

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  3. Will the inept P.f Government use their Gender Violent repeat offender General Kanene, personally chosen by President Visionless to head this department using Tax Payers cash??
    Would Not be at all surprised.

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