In 2015, following the 2013–14 Zambia Demographic and Health Survey, the Population Council and UNFPA conducted a study to establish the areas where child marriage is most likely to occur in Zambia. Findings reaffirm that child marriage is very high in Zambia and that child marriage affects more girls than boys. Protecting girls from child marriage is a national priority in protecting girls’ rights and achieving progress in national development. The brief recommends that government efforts be accelerated and effectively supported to reduce and eventually eradicate child marriage. Recommended actions include: harmonizing statutory laws and customary laws on marriage, engaging custodians of traditions and customs to reform marriage law customs, keeping adolescent girls in school, creating safe spaces for girls, ensuring multisectoral collaboration against child marriage, and generating evidence for decisionmaking.
"Child marriage in Zambia," Policy brief. Lusaka: Population Council, 2017.