Video: working to tackle child marriage in Zambia
Zambia is one of the child marriage “hotspot” countries where 42% of girls are married before the age of 18. Child marriage interrupts and ends girls’ education, resulting in them being excluded from gaining the skills that could lift them out of poverty.
Together: Ending Child Marriage in Zambia is a short documentary made by Girls Not Brides that asks what can be done to enable girls like Mirriam to avoid child marriage and fulfil their potential.
Ending child marriage involves multiple stakeholders working together at all levels. In this film, traditional leaders, civil society, government, educators and global partners are working closely to tackle child marriage in Zambia.
Last month, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution on child, early and forced marriage – demonstrating the broad international consensus that urgent action is needed to end child marriage. Zambia is also one of the co-sponsors of this resolution.
Every year 15 million girls worldwide are married under the age of 18. It takes local, national and global action to create change and fight child marriage.