Addressing journalists during a press briefing in Lusaka this morning, Archbishop Tutu says traditional leaders in Zambia deserve to be praised for their commitment towards eliminating child marriages in the country.
Archbishop Tutu has also commended the Zambian Government for its work to end the harmful practice of child marriage, which he believes is rife in the country.
He says it is encouraging to see that the government, civil society organizations, traditional leaders and others in Zambia have recognized that child marriage has a devastating impact on girls and the nation as a whole.
The clergyman, who could not hide his emotions, says he is impressed by the determination of all those he has met during his visit to Zambia who are working tirelessly to end child marriages.
Archbishop Tutu has since urged all Zambians to build on the commitment they have shown and do all that they can to provide girls with alternatives to marriages.
Speaking at the same event, Chair of the Board for the ‘Girls are not Brides’; Mable Van Oranje says she has noticed that change in Zambia is possible if the people unite.
Ms Oranje says ending child marriages requires a comprehensive approach that includes the empowerment of girls, mobilization of families and community leaders, provision of services and harmonization and implementation of laws that set 18 as a minimum age of marriage.