First Lady, Esther Lungu, has challenged men in the country to be more vocal on Gender Based Violence (GBV) and other related vices.
And Central Province Minister, Sydney Mushanga, has revealed that 28 girls from one school in Kabwe District have fallen pregnant.
Mrs Lungu said men can play a big role in fighting against violence towards women and the girl child.
She said this during a briefing by Central Province Minister, Sydney Mushanga, before officiating at the commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child in Kapiri Mposhi district.
The First Lady said the recent incidences where men were beating up their spouses to an extent of killing are disheartening.
“People used to beat up their spouses in the olden days but not to an extent of killing,” Mrs. Lungu.
She said it will help the fight a lot if government leaders can stand up and speak against such vices.
She challenged Central Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kabwe to take the lead among the government male folk in the fight against the vice.
“Permanent Secretary, you are a very vocal person and we are lucky that this government has a number of people who are able to speak on these issues. You can really help in this fight,” Mrs Lungu said.
The First Lady urged men to stand up and speak against GBV, early marriages and teen pregnancies.
And Central Province Minister Sydney Mushanga has revealed that 28 girls from a named school in Kabwe have fallen pregnant this year.
Mr Mushanga said it is sad that such a high number of girls could get pregnant within a year.
The Provincial Minister added that issues to do with abuse of the girl child are rampant in the province and need urgent attention.
To this development, the First Lady said it is disheartening that 28 girls can get pregnant from one school in a year.
Mrs. Lungu said girls needed to get educated to contribute meaningfully to the development of the nation.