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Government implements project to reduce child marriage

Rural News Government implements project to reduce child marriage

Ministry of Gender Permanent Secretary Sastone Silomba said Zambia has been implementing the India, Brazil, South Africa (IBSA) pilot project aimed at reducing child marriages in Mpulungu and Chama Districts of Zambia.

Mr Silomba said the two districts were picked due to their high prevalence rate of child marriage which have continued to deny girls their basic fundamental rights.

He said the program which has given girls a chance to be children and to live free from violence and sexual abuses is expected to coming to an end this year.

He said this during the update and review meeting for IBSA pilot programme on reducing child marriages held in Lusaka Today.

Mr Silomba said early child marriages interrupts children’s schooling and denies them the opportunity to meaningful contribute to the development of their communities.

“the IBSA project in tandem with our national strategic on ending child marriages which was developed in march 2016, and the national Plan of action aimed at accelerating national efforts to end child marriage by 2030,” he noted.

He said the pilot project used a curative and preventative approaches in dealing with child marriage whose target was to improve knowledge levels to facilitate positive changes.

And Head of Chancery at the Indian High commission Pushpender Duchania said India has a cordial relationship with Zambia and Malawi in different fields.

“This is the first time that we are a part of an initiative in such a critical area that deals with reducing and eradicating child marriages,” he said.

He said that the IBSA pilot project should push others to further contribute to this sector saying a lot more needs to be done to eradicate child marriages.

26 COMMENTS

  1. We thank you for this initiative. Ba Robert phiri, Rome was not built in a day. It is a process. Let us not criticise everything just because we have managed to buy bundles today.

  2. What a step by the Lungu administration, completely bolsters its commitment towards providing the best social life to Zambians

  3. Ministry of Gender Permanent Secretary Sastone Silomba said Zambia has been implementing the India, Brazil, South Africa (IBSA) pilot project aimed at reducing child marriages in Mpulungu and Chama Districts of Zambia. Now, this is what I call as remarkable and a visionary leadership

  4. There is no place for gender discrimination in the 21st century and this age-old practices should be stopped once and for all but you need a forward-thinking for all that and in this country, only one man has that, President Edgar C Lungu

  5. This program will provide equality to the women of this nation so that they are not discriminated upon by cruel and arrogant men

  6. Hands down, I can say this type of significant breakthrough can only be achieved under Lungu and PF’s watch, we cannot let a savage like HH take control of our country for this simple reason, we want to be a country of the tomorrow not a ruin of the past

  7. Early child marriages interrupts children’s schooling and denies them the opportunity to meaningful contribute to the development of their communities, well said. Now, we will see our daughters in a better place and attaining better representational positions in life, Thank you President Lungu

  8. Early child marriages interrupts children’s schooling and denies them the opportunity to meaningful contribute to the development of their communities, well said. Now, we will see our daughters in a better place and attaining better representational positions in life, Thank you President Lungu

  9. Today, our forefathers will be so proud and overwhelmed for one of their crusades was also against social evils and gender discrimination, not just girls but boys too cannot develop into great minds if their education is robbed off and they are endowed with responsibilities far exceeding their ages and WITH THIS, PRESIDENT EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU HAS PUT AND END TO ALL OF IT

  10. We never said that we want child marriage to continue but we never even did anything to control or better weed it out of the system but here lies a man who did not just talk but fulfilled his promises through actions. God Bless Lungu

  11. Reaffirmed faith in leaders and politics, it is not that we lost that, no, ofcourse not. In fact, it won’t ever happen, we believe in you and we are ready to go to any end to help you realise your golden goal for the nation and its citizens

  12. The IBSA project is in tandem with our national strategic on ending child marriages which was developed in march 2016, and the national Plan of action aimed at accelerating national efforts to end child marriage by 2030
    – Sastone Silomba, Ministry of Gender Permanent Secretary

  13. The pilot project implemented by the Lungu government used a curative and preventative approach in dealing with child marriage whose target was to improve knowledge levels to facilitate positive changes. This is what all of us were waiting for, education in its most truest and purest form without any kind of inhibition or obligation. Thank you, Patriotic Front

  14. First it was illiteracy, then it was gender inequality and now this, child marriage, indeed Lungu is serious about making Zambia the best place to live in the world and let us all stand with him in this dream

  15. Let us make Mother Zambia proud by providing education to all of her children, this is the slogan of Lungu administration and they are doing well to implement that

  16. Now where is the satanic Bally, will he not speak on this and appreciate Lungu, does he have the balls to do that? Is he Zambian enough to see the good of Zambia?

  17. This project will not only develop kids in their learning ages but also contribute to a more civil and evolved society which will harbour the burdens of the future together, hand-in-hand, well as they say, Uma kunguLungu, kungenzeka

  18. Soon, all of us will enter the Cherished and Promised Land, the days of adversity and discrimination and atrocities are over, let us hold Lungu’s hands and see a world which all of us have dreamt of

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