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Commitment to end child marriage in Zambia impresses Archbishop Tutu

Posted on: September 19, 2014 12:46 PM
GIRLS Not Brides, founder Archbishop Desmond Tutu (right) greets Deputy Inspector General of Police Solomon Jere (left) on arrival at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. Looking on is Princess Mabel van Oranje.
Photo Credit: Clever Zulu

[Lusaka Times] Archbishop Desmond Tutu has observed that the country has room for improvement in the fight against child marriage.

Speaking during a press briefing in Lusaka today, the Archbishop who is a renowned child rights campaigner and founder of the Girls not Braids, a global partnership to end child marriage said he is encouraged with the efforts of stakeholders in the fight against child marriages in the country but that there is room for improvement.

Archbishop Tutu said it was encouraging to see stakeholder such as traditional leaders taking a leading role in the fight against the harmful practice something he described as unusual for traditional leaders todo in most societies.

“He explained that in the few days that his entourage has been in the country, they have had meetings with most of the stakeholders who included government officials, Traditional leaders, Civil Society Organisations and Religious Leaders among others and that the commitment was impressive.

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