By VIOLET MENGO
NOBEL Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu (right) and Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau of the Netherlands will visit Zambia this month to learn about best practices in combating child, early and forced marriages.
Princess Mabel informed Zambiaâ€™s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, Christine Kalamwina, that she and Archbishop Tutu will travel to Zambia on September 15 to meet and exchange ideas with government officials and other stakeholders in the fight against child, early and forced marriages.
Princess Mabel is the chairperson of the board of trustees of Girls Not Brides, a global partnership of more than 300 civil society organisations campaigning to end child marriage.
This is contained in a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday by first secretary for press and public relations permanent mission of Zambia to the United Nations (UN) Chibaula Silwamba.
Princess Mabel was the first chief executive officer of The Elders â€“ a group of eminent global leaders brought together by the late Nelson Mandela to promote peace and human rights â€“ chaired by Archbishop Tutu.
During a General Assembly panel discussion on child, early and forced marriage moderated by Princess Mabel last Friday, Ambassadors of The Netherlands and Canada, and an African Union Goodwill Ambassador commended Zambia for reducing child, early and forced marriage.
Government has received international applause for its best practices in combating child, early and forced marriage.
Policies and political will by President Sata and First Lady Christine Kaseba, working with chiefs, civil society organisations and the police to end abuse of girls and women, has attracted the interest of the international community to learn and replicate these initiatives.
By VIOLET MENGO