This has been said on Monday when UNICEF and the Parent and Child Health Initiative hosted the players to appreciate progress made for the eight months project aimed at ending child marriages and harmful practices.
He added that for effective ending of child marriages, UNICEF and PACHI should roll out the project as a long term one, saying child marriages can not end in eight months but rather need more time and interventions.
This has been collaborated with Neno district Adolescent and Youth Friendly Health Services coordinator Antony Sandiyang’ane and Gender Based Violence Coordinator Wily Chisindo who say the area of Senior chief Dambe registers more child marriage cases but mobility is a challenge to sensitize the people there.
Chisindo says for example, in this year’s first quarter 45 girls have been defiled by their spouses in their families.
He said that ” most of the children being abused are those who are married to older people but we fail to take them out due to cultural beliefs and mobility”.
UNICEF representative Alexander Mwale has since committed to address the challenges in the course of the project.
Two youth advocates Bright Khungwa and Hastings Chipoka called on the implementing partners to consider giving them gadgets such as smart phones and computers for easy documentation of activities they do in ending child marriages through youth clubs.
” We need to go digital so as to never lose record of what we teach the youths and members of the community, this is so because writing in note books is not reliable,” he said.