Youth Advocacy Key in Ending Child Marriages and Harmful Practices

UNICEF staff and youth advocates posing for a photo UNICEF staff and youth advocates posing for a photo - pic by Steve Kalungwe

The Parent and Child Health Initiative through UNICEF has emphasized the need for the youths in the country to be ambassadors of change in areas of Child Marriages and Gender Based Violence.

UNICEF Youth Advocacy Trainers Lisa Banda and Chisomo Banda said this on Saturday in Neno that youth advocates should wear a real face of advocacy through meaningful actions that are result oriented.

"The youths who are in advocacy should be real with themselves so that what they advocate for is genuine," said Chisomo Banda.

And other counterpart, Lisa Banda commended the youths to develop advocacy spirit through self stories.

She said that " the youths in advocacy play their role well if what they are advocating for is coming from real experiences and this could also be from close relations."

In his remarks, Neno PACHI coordinator Russell Msiska underscored the need for youths to take advantage of the Youth Policy and help in ending child marriages and GBV.

Msiska then said that the Youth Policy if utilized well, could help the young ones to build strong cases for an end to child marriages and gender based violence.

Meanwhile, Neno District Youth Officer Ian Sukali and Bright Khungwa, a Youth Advocate have expressed interest to further discuss ways of ending such harmful practices by engaging youth club members.

"My office will spearhead the program of ending child marriages through engagement with youth clubs and am advising these trained youth advocates to never sit down but to actively involve in ending these vices," said Sukali.

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