Remarks by USAID/Health Deputy Division Chief, Human Rights and KP Advisor Ngaitila Phiri

Remarks by USAID/Health Deputy Division Chief, Human Rights and KP Advisor Ngaitila Phiri
Zambia Center for Communication Programmes (ZCCP) Consultation Meeting
Taj Pamodzi Hotel, Lusaka, Zambia
April 11, 2019

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The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Gender, Auxilia Ponga
The Assistant Director for the Ministry of Gender, Simon Kapilima
Representatives from other line ministries
Representatives from Church Mother Bodies
ZCCP Executive Director, Johans Mtonga and other GBV sub partners
Traditional leaders: Chief Madzimawe, Chief Nkula and Chieftennes Litunga Lamboela
Civil society
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentleman

I am honored to be here today to participate in this important consultation meeting to support the fight against gender-based violence (GBV) and early-child marriage.  I bring you greetings from the U.S. Ambassador to Zambia, Daniel L. Foote, and the USAID Mission Director, Patrick Diskin.

In recent years, Zambia has witnessed improvements in the fight against GBV and child marriage, including increased reporting of GBV and government commitment to support victims.  Traditional Leaders have worked with ZCCP as change champions through the Anti-GBV Chiefdom Secretariat approach. Through this initiative, these leaders have supported the retrieval of over 800 girls from early marriage. This is a significant achievement of the recently-ended USAID GBV Prevention and Advocacy Project.

USAID is honored to have successfully handed over 24 anti-GBV One Stop Centers to the Ministry of Health. We are looking forward to working with GRZ to establish four more of such centers under this new project.

As we kick off this new project, there is considerable work to be done.

  • We still see daily reports of GBV.
  • While there is an increase in reporting of GBV, a large percentage of cases still go unreported.
  • Ending GBV and early-child marriage requires a sustained, long-term approach with strong coordination among partners and stakeholders.

Continued government commitment remains essential to our collective work.  The Ministry of Health’s recent commitment to providing oversight to the 24 anti-GBV One Stop Centers is a good example of an integrated, long-term solution.

Sustainable, effective structures require full participation and mainstreaming of GBV awareness into all activities, such as Medium Term Expenditure Framework, or MTEF, planning meetings and other similar platforms. Our work and the work of our colleagues in the field means more Zambian girls, women, boys, and men will live lives free of GBV and enjoy healthy, supportive, equitable relationships.

Thank you.