Chief Chamuka of the Lenje people of Chisamba district has called for the empowerment of the girl child and parents if the fight against early pregnancies and marriages is to succeed.
The traditional leader says lack of empowerment among female parents and few school places has hampered the fight against early pregnancies and marriages.
Chief Chamuka who will be part of the delegation that will attend the 72nd United Nations General Assembly on child marriages has also called on fellow traditional leaders to help government in the fight against the vice.
The traditional leader has been identified following various interventions he has taken to end teenage pregnancies, child marriages and Gender Based Violence.
Chief Chamuka says there is need to engage young girls and their parents in economic activities such as fish farming, among others.
The traditional leader was speaking when Minister of Gender Victoria Kalima paid a courtesy call on him at his palace.
Ms. Kalima says Chief Chamuka’s invitation to the UN will highlight the country’s efforts in ending child marriages and teenage pregnancies.
She says other chiefdoms in the country should emulate Chief Chamuka’s stance on ending child marriages, teenage pregnancies and gender based violence.