Canada to Contribute $1.7 million to End Child and Early Forced Marriage in Zambia

As Canada’s Foreign Minister John Baird announced on July 4 in Montreal, Canada is pleased to contribute $ 1.7 million over two years to toward ending child, early and forced marriage in Zambia. This contribution will be channelled through UNICEF.

This troubling practice is a violation of human rights and also hinders economic development. When girls cannot reach their full potential, everyone suffers—girls, their communities and their countries.  Protecting children is a priority for Canada and we will continue to pursue all available avenues to put an end to child, early and forced marriage in the world.

Ending child, early and forced marriage will require a holistic response. Canada welcomes Zambia’s inclusive approach to this issue, engaging a range of government ministries, traditional leaders and civil society.  We will continue to work with Zambia to ensure that our actions translate into concrete results for the well-being of girls and women.

This contribution builds on Canada’s ongoing efforts to end child, early and forced marriage worldwide and to promote the full participation of women in all aspects of society.