First lady Esther Lungu says government is making all efforts to stop abuse of girl children.

First Lady Esther Lungu says government is doing everything possible to curb the growing problem of child marriages and sexual abuse of girl children.
Mrs Lungu says a lot of intervention programmes have been put in place to arrest and stamp out the soaring levels of the vice in most communities across the country.
She says concerted efforts are needed to sensitize men in society to stop the vice of senselessly hurting young girls and destroying their future.
And the First Lady says government is constructing more boarding schools across the country to help address pupil accommodation shortages in schools and provide a conducive learning environment.
Mrs Lungu said this when she inspected women projects and addressed public meetings in Vubwi District yesterday.
Vubwi District Commissioner, Eneless Banda had earlier told the First Lady that lack of boarding facilities at the district’s only secondary school has forced a lot of school girls from far areas to rent thatched huts.
Ms Banda said the situation has exposed the young girls to sexual abuse, unwanted pregnancies and child marriages.
The Vubwi District Commissioner also bemoaned that only 38 clubs out of 126 have benefited from women empowerment programmes in the district.
The First Lady donated 10, 000 Kwacha to the women clubs, food stuffs to vulnerable groups in the district and educational materials to vulnerable children.

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