“This year Zambia will be rising against sexual violence and child marriage. The number of children being assaulted has been increasing. The latest case was where a 3 day old child was abused by her father and the child died the following day. We are seeing a rise in the number of fathers assaulting their children. The number of child marriages has reduced from the prevalence rate of 42% to 31%. This is better than before but the rate is still very high. Zambia will rise against those two vices.”
One Billion Rising Coordinator for Zambia, MAUREEN MWAKA SAMULELA TRESHA, is the National Director at Women and Law in Southern Africa, a lecturer at Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education, and a Commissioner at Small Claims Court. She has a law degree, a postgraduate degree in Legislative Drafting and a Master’s in Business Administration with Distinctions in Management Report; Quality and Systems Management; and Business Environment. Maureen is currently the National Director at Women and Law in Southern Africa, Lecturer at Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education, and Commissioner at Small Claims Court. Maureen has worked in various positions focusing on protecting the rights of women and children. This has entailed, litigating for them, sensitising them on their rights, sensitising the communities on and children and women’s rights, Capacity building of the police, traditional leaders, other CSOs, and some judiciary staff on GBV related laws. It further entails holding meetings with the Members of Parliament to advocate for law reform advocate for implementation of laws that are in existence. Current advocacy includes advocacy to strengthen the legal framework on child marriage.