Zambia launches strategy to end child violence

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Zambia on Wednesday launched a national prevention and response plan aimed at ending violence against children.

The plan runs from 2021 to 2025 and was in line with the 2015 commitment by world leaders to end all forms of violence against children by 2030 as part of the Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Minister of Community Development and Social Services Doreen Mwamba said the launch of the plan will accelerate actions to address all forms of violence against children.

The government, she said, will continue to prioritize the prevention and elimination of violence against children, adding that children that experience any form of violence will have immediate access to services that facilitate recovery.

United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator Coumba Mar Gadio said despite Zambia having legislation on violence against children, there has been gaps in the implementation as cases have been brushed away.

She said it was unfortunate that most of the cases of violence against children have gone unreported.

“Indeed, it is precisely the findings of this study and concerns the data raised that prompted the government of Zambia to develop a national prevention and response plan on ending violence against children that the United Nations was happy to support,” she said.

According to her, violence against children could be addressed in isolation and called for collaborative efforts from all stakeholders.

She expressed delight over efforts made so far in fighting the vice such as addressing child sexual exploitation in seven hotspots districts where nearly 100 girls have been supported for reintegration and the establishment of gender-based fast-track courts in all the country’s 10 provinces.

The UN, said, was ready to work with the government and share experiences from elsewhere on preventing and ending violence against children. Enditem

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