Human Rights Promotion

In Zambia there is a dual structure of statuary written law and customary traditional law. Rights given by statutory law are often not known or enforced by traditional leaders who provide customary law. Girls can be married at a very young age, relinquishing their chance of an education, bringing children into a cycle of poverty. Widows and their children can be forced to leave their home and land causing great hardship. Traditional leaders and communities are themselves asking for legal guidance.

Head teachers have asked for help as there is a high rate of schoolgirl pregnancy.

We aim to break the cycle of illiteracy and poverty girls are locked in by preventing abusive practices, early pregnancy and improving women's access to justice.

Our Monze based partners Zambia Women and Girls Foundation know how to help, they are passionate, experienced human rights trainers.

£3,000 will fund a 1 year project of legal training to improve knowledge, awareness and attitudes to justice amongst traditional leaders who dispense customary justice, awareness training for villagers, and train school children to be children's rights peer educators. 

Human rights training in a rural village

Zambia Women and Girls Foundation experts provide human rights training to rural villages.