ZAMBIA has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world - with figures released this year stating that 42% of women, who are today aged between 20-24, married before or at 18 years of age.
The country is therefore almost a right setting for this week’s Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health’s board meeting in Lusaka, which coincides with the International Day of the Girl Child that was marked on October 11. It is a meeting that will draw influential voices in the world of reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health.
The board, who will be discussing the new Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Strategy on Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, have some serious challenges before them, which despite progress with the Millennium Development Goals, continue to burden women.
In this infographic, we highlight some of the extreme cases and severe challenges facing Africa’s girls:. .