Vice President Inonge Wina says government is in the process of establishing a Children’s Court to halt the rising cases of early and forced child marriages.
Mrs. Wina says it is unacceptable that 31 per cent of young women and girls drop out of school before completing secondary education due to forced early child marriages in Zambia.
She has since called for international support in curbing early marriages which she says hinder the girls’ economic potential.
Mrs. Wina said this when she addressed a high-Level meeting on ending Female genital Mutilation and early marriages.
This was at the on-going 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The Vice President said early child marriages hinder the girl child’s access to education and human development.
And addressing a high-level meeting on Unlocking the Girl Child’s potential, Mrs. Wina said the Girls Education and Women Empowerment Livelihood-GEWEL- project is helping to bridge the gender gaps.
She said the GEWEL Project being implemented in 51 districts has surpassed the annual set target since its inception.
And World Bank Vice President for Human Development Keith Hansen hailed the Zambian government for demonstrating leadership in the implementation of the GEWEL Projects.
Mr. Hansen said social protections is a key area of financing by the World bank as a means of addressing transgenerational poverty.
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