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Campaign to end child marriages launched

LINDA NYONDO, Lusaka
PLAN International Zambia in partnership with Plan International Netherlands has launched campaign to end child marriage and hope to raise EUR100,000. (K1 million).
The campaign involves 32 participants who are cycling to Mfuwe to raise funds for various projects in Eastern Province.
Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development Vincent Mwale, who flagged off the campaign on Friday said Eastern Province has the highest prevalence of child marriages.
“Child marriage constitutes a multiple violation of children’s rights and contributes to poverty,” he said.
Mr Mwale said Government has put in place measures such as the launch of the national wide campaign, review of the national child policy and the national gender policy to ensure that the problem of child marriage is addressed.
He said Government has embarked on infrastructure development which has seen construction of schools in rural areas.
Meanwhile, Plan International director Samuel Musyoki said the 32 cyclists who will cycle from Lusaka to Mfuwe in seven days will be interacting with girls and women.
He said cyclists will also be interacting with communities to raise awareness on child marriage and to begin mobilising them to join the movement to end child marriage.
“Through our Because I am a Girl Global Movement coupled with government commitment, and support from individuals such as cyclists, we will end child marriage in Zambia,’’ he said.
Mr Musyoki said girls and young women have the right to meaningful participate in key decision making processes.


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