As in all countries throughout the world, children living in Zambia experience situations of violence in their homes and within the communities where they live. Despite governments, citizens and children taking action to end this violence, the percentage of Zambia’s young women who marry before the age of 18 suggests that current efforts to end these abuses and other types of violence are not enough. World Vision believes that a world without violence against children is possible. It takes actions from all members and institutions in society to end violence against children.
This report focuses on a government’s duty to ensure that all actors can and will take action to end violence against children. To create an enabling environment, the government must ensure a legal framework based on child rights and employ services and actors to protect those rights. An enabling environment also requires conditions favourable to implementing those services, such as funding and strategy.