Zambia Hosts the Sixth International Steering Committee Meeting on the Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage, 8-12 July 2019

10 July 2019
Members of the Steering Committee pose with the Eastern Province Permanent Secretary
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Members of the global steering committee for the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage pose with the Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Dr Buleti Nsemukila (centre) in Chipata, on 8 July 2019.

Lusaka, Zambia, 10 July 2019 – A multi-country and multi-agency delegation from the Steering Committee for the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage is on a visit to Zambia this week. They are hosted by the Government of the Republic of Zambia through the Ministry of Gender, with high-level participation from United Nations officials and donor countries (Governments of Canada, Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the European Union and Zonta International).

“Zambia has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the region with 31 per cent of women aged 20-24 years reporting having been married before the age of 18,” said Minister of Gender, Honourable Ms Elisabeth Phiri, MP. “We are grateful for the support of partners to the Government’s multi-sectoral National Strategy to End Child Marriage and National Plan of Action.”

The delegation has already visited the Government programme in Katete District in Eastern Province, and then will hold a closed-door meeting on 11 July in Lusaka with the participation of more than 20 committee members from across the world.

The Global Programme is implemented by UNICEF and UNFPA in partnership with the governments of 12 countries (Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia). The programme is supported by the governments of Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, Belgium and the United Kingdom as well as the European Union and Zonta International.

“This programme is supporting the government in bringing together critical programmes in poverty reduction, education, health, protection and social welfare so that families can have alternatives to child marriage, and girls can choose their own futures,” said UNICEF Global Programme Director and Co-chair for the committee, Mr. Ted Chaiban.

The UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage offers a framework for promoting the right of girls to delay marriage, addressing the conditions that keep the practice in place, and caring for girls already in union.

“Investing in girls and ending child marriage is a moral imperative – a matter of basic human rights and equality. It is critical for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as advancing progress towards the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) which placed individual dignity and human rights at the heart of development,” said UNFPA Director Technical Division and co-chair for the committee, Mr. Benoit Kalasa.

The Global Programme is governed by a Steering Committee co-chaired by UNICEF and UNFPA with oversight responsibility for its overall management and functioning. Based on the programme outline, the Steering Committee is scheduled to meet twice a year with one of the meetings including a field mission.

 

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UNFPA expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy sexual and reproductive lives. We are one of the Funds and Programmes of the United Nations System with Headquarters in New York, 6 Regional Offices and Country Offices in 150 countries around the world

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For more information, please contact:

Pumulo Mundale, Public Relations, Ministry of Gender. +260 977220418, pumulo.mundale@gender.gov.zm

John James, Chief, Communication, UNICEF Zambia, +260 977300636, jjames@unicef.org

Benjamin Mwape, Communication Officer, UNFPA Zambia, +260 977309536, bmwape@unfpa.org

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UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

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