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The “Cost of Child Marriage” study conducted by the International Center for Research on Women and the World Bank is analysing Zambia as one of four country experiences.
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The two countries co-sponsored another resolution on the issue at the UN General Assembly’s 69 session in 2014.
Zambia was one of four focus countries in the process of developing a South African Development Community (SADC) Model Law on child marriage.
The birth registration rate of 14% makes it difficult the exact age of millions of girls.
Child marriage in Zambia is driven by traditional practices and beliefs, and the low social status assigned to women and girls.Finally, girls’ lack of access to education contributes to the likelihood of child marriage.UNFPA found that 65% of women aged 20-24 with no education were married or in union by the age of 18, compared to only 17% of women with secondary education or more.The emphasis is on the family relationships and individual subservience to the family and the community. Whether one is married or not is a topic most people would discuss quite openly.