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PSAf to launch project dubbed empower Zambia

PRISCILLA MWILA, Lusaka
PANOS Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) will soon launch a project dubbed Empower Zambia to enhance sensitisation and education on issues affecting adolescents and vulnerable women in Eastern province.
PSAf senior programme officer for media development and ICT Gillies Kasongo said the project will focus on sexual reproductive health and women empowerment matters among others and will target girls aged between 15 and 17 and vulnerable women.
Mr Kasongo said in an interview recently that teenage pregnancies, maternal and child health issues are still a thorny issue in Zambia.
He said the project will be rolled out to five districts in Eastern province, which will include Chipata, Chadiza, Petauke, Katete and Lundazi.
“We are launching a project called Empower Zambia, which will focus on enhancing economic and social empowerment for adolescent girls and vulnerable women. We want them to be knowledgeable on various issues that affect them so that they can make well-informed decisions,” he said.
Mr Kasongo said gender-based violence has continued to take place, with women and girls being the most affected.
He said PSAf will partner with various Government departments such as Ministry of Gender, social welfare, victim support and child protection unit, and other stakeholders from the private sector to ensure that the project meets its intended purpose.
Mr Kasongo said the project aims to have more girls, especially in rural areas, get basic education, reduce cases of early marriages and enhance women empowerment.
He said the project will also include interactions with the victims of child marriages, teen pregnancies among other abuses and find an amicable way of helping them.

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