Lungu addresses UNGA on child early and forced marriages

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President Edgar Lungu has called for the rejuvenation of global efforts among world leaders to develop measures that would eliminate harmful practices such as child early and forced marriage by 2030.

President Lungu told United Nations (UN) that the Covid-19 has the potential to increase the rates of child marriage in many countries even as the world continues to fight the pandemic.

The President said this during a High-Level Event on the Margins of the 75th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 75) on Child Early and Forced Marriage and the Covid-19 Pandemic side event.

The President said this when he delivered his virtual message in a statement read on his behalf by Minister of Gender, Elizabeth Phiri.

The Head of State said child marriage has continued to deny girls their basic fundamental rights and chances to be children and be able to choose when and whom to marry, including living a life free of violence and sexual abuse.

President Lungu further said in order to maintain the gains made so far in the fight against early, forced and child marriage, the government had scaled up interventions to ensure continuous education in order to avert the risk of child marriage especially among girls.

He further reaffirmed Zambia’s commitment to working with all relevant stakeholders, as the world aspires towards the elimination of all harmful practices, including ending early and forced marriage by 2030.

This is according to a statement issued to ZNBC News through the First Secretary for Press at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations Wallen Simwaka.

Zambia and Canada are the co-hosts of the annual side event on Child Early and Forced Marriage.


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