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World Day Against Trafficking in Persons celebrated in Chirundu

By Charles Nonde, Public Information Assistant, UNIC Lusaka

Chirundu, is a town in the southern part of Zambia, bordering Zimbabwe and is a key transit

Arrival of Dr. Coumba Mar Gadio, Resident Coordinator, UN Zambia at Chirundu Market. Photo:Nonde/UNICLusaka/2019

point for travelers between the two countries. It is the site of two of the five major road or rail bridges across the Zambezi river, and the Chirundu Bridges.

It is against this background and its unique location as a border town where the 2019 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons took place on August 3, 2019.

Chirundu Council Secretary, John Mwanza welcomed the locals and visiting delegates to the commemoration and expressed his happiness that Chirundu district was chosen as the venue because it has experienced cases of human trafficking and it was important the community around Chirundu learnt what to look out for.

In attendance were the senior government officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs under the Immigration department, Zambia Police Service, the Host the District Commissioner and representatives from the Council, the UN Team led by the Resident Coordinator Dr. Coumba Mar Gadio that comprised the IOM Chief of Mission Marianne Lane and UN Office on Drugs and Crime Country Coordinator Sharon Lesa Nyambe. Others in attendance were staff from Save the Children and learners from two local primary schools, among others.

Delivering her remarks, Dr. Mar Gadio, said every year thousands of men, women and children become victim to human trafficking. Human trafficking, often also referred to as modern day slavery, violates the rights of millions of people across the globe and has far reaching consequences for the human security and state security.  She also highlighted that in the period between 2003 and 2016, 225,000 trafficking victims were detected, and unfortunately, there are many, many more hidden victims who need our help.

She highlighted that Zambia has not been spared from the scourge of human trafficking and

Arrival of the Marchers at Chirundu Market. Photo:Nonde/UNICLusaka/2019

the country continues to be designated as a source, transit and destination country for trafficking in persons. The 2019 United States Department of State Global Trafficking in Persons Report highlights that  most trafficking in Zambia  occurs within the country’s borders (internal human trafficking) and involves women, men and children from rural areas becoming exploited in cities in domestic servitude or forced labour in agriculture, textile production, mining, construction, small businesses and forced begging, among others.

In addition, as we continue to reflect on the theme for this year’s World Day against Trafficking in Persons, we must take the opportunity to partner with the government to ensure that we protect victims and their rights and hold perpetrators accountable.

Alfred Haamunjo, District Commissioner for Chirundu, who represented the Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo, MP,  said in his remarks said that Zambia was now among the countries considered as low risk areas for trafficking. However, there was need for consented effort from government and its partners. He also highlighted that if left unchecked has the potential to threaten public safety and national security hence the need to curb the scourge.

He thanked the various stakeholders for the technical and financial support rendered for the implementation of various state programs aimed at combating the illegal vice.

During the community outreach events, the public were educated on the dangers of human trafficking, how they could potentially avoid it from taking place and what courses of actions one can take to report such illegal actives in their communities.

United Nations Zambia in promotion of Youth Participation

By Shiho Kuwahara, University Volunteer, UNIC Lusaka

In order to promote youth participation in development, the United Nations in Zambia has in

A UNYPP member participates in an SDG awareness creation activit in Lusaka. Photo: UNIC/Lusaka/2017/Maseko

A UNYPP member participates in an SDG awareness creation activity in Lusaka. Photo: UNIC/Lusaka/2017/Maseko

partnership with the Zambian Government, through the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Child Development put together a group of youth with representation from all 10 provinces of Zambia under the UN Youth Partnership Platform-Zambia (UNYPP-Z). The group consists of youth aged between 15 to 35 years who are willing to work with UN Zambia, the Government and other partners on challenges of young people’s development and promote youth participation in decision making processes. UNYPP-Z is dealing with policies, programme development for young people as well as monitoring and evaluation.

There UNYPP-Z aims to facilitate knowledge and information sharing about youth policies and programmes, to create greater awareness on both international and domestic policies among youth groups and youth-serving partners, to strengthen the partnership between the UN and youth for meaningful youth participation in the development activities. The group also seeks to identify and raise issues and innovative programme delivery models for young people’s needs.

The Zambia UN Youth Partnership Platform includes a total of 23 members with one representative from each province being a focal point of each National Youth Policy Thematic areas such as education, employment and entrepreneurship, health and protection of rights and civic engagement.

“The Ministry of Youth and Sports and the UN made selections of the UNYPP members following criteria such as age, gender balance, and educational or professional backgrounds and UN areas of focus,” said Francis Jere, UNYPP Zambia President.

“Young people are able to deepen their knowledge about development policies and activities, and take some action making use of it. On the other hand, the UN can get recommendations on priorities for the UN’s programmes in Zambia from the youth perspective and identify their actual needs, added Jere.

The tenure for the members is two years and those who have completed their terms can still continue to contribute to UNYPP-Z activities in terms of mentoring for new members. In addition, previous members remain resource persons for future youth related activities of the UN which need networking and collaboration.

Youth participation in development is key because they are the future. Youth participation is also a demonstration of the theme of “Leaving No One Behind” as Zambia works towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

UN and UK Partner to Help Zambia fight Trafficking in Persons

By Dawn Heaps, Intern, UNIC Lusaka

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has launched a cooperation programme to support Zambia in the fight against trafficking in persons, with funding from the

High level representatives from the Government and the United Nations who attended the launch of the Trafficking in Persons programme launch. Photo Credit/UNIC/Lusaka/Dawn Heaps

British Government and UKAid.

Launching the intervention in Lusaka recently, Zambia’s Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo underscored the severity of trafficking in persons. “This heinous crime of trafficking in persons leaves scars that are felt both by the trafficked individuals and the society from which they originate. If left unchecked, it has the potential to threaten public safety and national security,” he said.

Mr Kampyongo said that Zambia was committed to fighting Trafficking in persons, evidenced by several activities that include the country being among the first Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states to enact a stand-alone legislation on trafficking in persons which covers prosecution, protection and prevention. He added that Zambia had drafted two national plans of action to combat trafficking in persons.

Speaking at the same event UN Zambia Resident Coordinator Janet Rogan called for cooperation among all stakeholders in curbing human trafficking in Zambia, that had become not only a transit point but destination of victims of human trafficking.

And UNODC Regional Representative for Southern Africa, Zhuldyz Akisheva said that the new initiative offered an opportunity for increased focus protecting victims of human trafficking.

“Focus on victim protection is key in the global partnership against human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants. With the new programme, we have an opportunity to scale up and strengthen our work in Zambia to support a victim-centred approach in addressing human trafficking,” Akisheva said.

Echoing the urgency to act against human trafficking, British High Commissioner to Zambia, Fergus Cochrane-Dyet OBE, noted that the term “modern slavery” had been coined to describe the continuation of the disgraceful trade into modern times.

“This matters a lot because there is a significant Modern Slavery problem in Zambia….Trafficking occurs mostly within Zambia’s borders, with those from rural areas exploited in urban centres, in domestic servitude or sex trafficking, and in conditions of forced labour in sectors such as agriculture, textiles, and mining.

Part of the delegates who attended the launch. Photo Credit/UNIC/Lusaka/Dawn Heaps

According to the Global Modern Slavery Index, produced by the International Labour Organisation, International Organisation for Migration and Walk Free Foundation, in 2018 there were 9.24 million victims of modern slavery in Africa with Zambia accounting for 92,000.

The launch of the cooperation programme marked a milestone in the cooperation between UNODC and the Government of the Republic of Zambia. UNODC has been present in Zambia for the last 10 years, supporting the Zambia Correctional Service in HIV prevention and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights in prison settings and prison reform to ensure that the use the Minimum Standards of treatment of offenders, commonly known as the Nelson Mandela Rules.

 

UN Zambia Press Release on death of three juveniles in mine accident

LUSAKA, 22 January 2019 – The United Nations in Zambia expresses its deep sorrow at the death of three children, aged as young as eleven years old, in Zambia’s Luapula Province on Saturday during a mining accident.

“We are profoundly saddened to hear of the death of these three children, in circumstances where they appeared to be working in a manganese mine,” said Ms. Janet Rogan, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Zambia. “No child should be forced to work. Child labour is preventable, not inevitable. Every child should be free to enjoy their rights to education, protection and recreation. Every child has the right to a childhood, and to receive protection from unsafe environments. Children need to be removed immediately from the worst forms of child labour and provided with care and education.”

The United Nations family in Zambia offers its heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed, and pledges continued support to the Government of Zambia to improve education, child protection, labour standards and economic development. Sustainable Development Goal Target 8.7 which provides that States take “immediate and effective measures to…secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms.”

UNDP, UNICEF and the International Labour Organization (ILO) work in Zambia to improve conditions for children and young people, and enhance labour laws, regulation and work place protection. Last week, UNODC launched a new project in Zambia to combat trafficking in persons including those involved forced labour and sex trafficking.

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About UN Zambia

Through resident and non-resident funds and agencies, the United Nations in Zambia delivers as one in providing development and humanitarian support to the people of Zambia and refugees through the Zambia-United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership Framework.UN Zambia has, through the Resident Coordinator and UN Country Team made significant progress in systematically moving forward the UN reform agenda in the country, striving to reach the highest standards of accountability, transparency and impact.

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Mark Maseko, National Information Officer

UNIC Lusaka


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Zambian Women Lead the Way in Conservation Farming

Esnart Siandavu stands proudly in her rice field after changing from traditional farming methods to what is now a new and productive way of farming for her.

Esnart Siandavu stands proudly in her rice field. Photo credit Zanger Jr/UNDP Zambia/2014

Esnart Siandavu, 49, is engaged in a passionate discussion with a group of farmers on how to grow better crops.  Over the past 10 years, their Southern Zambian village of Muyumbela has been prone to extreme weather events such as floods and droughts.

Crops and cattle have been destroyed, eliminating important sources of food and revenue and impacting the ability of families to send their children to school.

“Crop performance is always poor, and yields are often very low because of drought,” Esnart said. “My family runs out of food between February and March the following year until we are able to harvest new crops.”

Consequently, communities resorted to short-term measures to survive, such as cutting down and burning trees to make charcoal, which increased deforestation.

To help solve the problem, Esnart and another 2,000 farmers, 800 of them women, organized themselves into self-help groups and embraced conservation farming to increase their productivity while diversifying crops and livestock.

Supported by UNDP and the Zambian Government through a US $3.9 million project, local communities here and in seven other districts across the country have embraced the scheme. UNDP has been training staff at the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, who in turn train the smallholder farmers in sustainable farming techniques.

As a result, many of the women have become beekeepers and used improved methods to produce new crops such as rice, sorghum, peas, sunflowers and sweet potatoes. Young people are also being introduced to horticulture and growing onions, tomatoes and watermelons.

The communities learn to conserve rainwater by building terraces on sloped land, and learn conservation farming techniques to help improve soil moisture retention and reduce erosion. Small dams are also used to retain silt.

UNDP also supported the construction of 16 weather stations in the eight districts where the programme operates. In addition, Zambia’s Metrological Department trained several farmers to measure air and soil temperature, humidity, wind speed, rainfall and solar radiation. The farmers advise their communities on what crops to plant at specific times of the year.

“My yields have now increased substantially since adopting conservation farming method,” Esnart happily said.

“We now have enough food throughout the year,” says Patricia Munwela, another conservation farmer.

In this conservative part of rural Zambia, women have few land tenure rights and little experience asserting themselves in a social context due to the gender imbalances in land access, ownership and control.

Areas that were previously flooded and were thought to be useless are now used for rice production to supplement the traditional maize staple crop. The women have taken a significant part in the rice production, recording good harvests.

“This has led to more income for their households and has also increased the women’s involvement in decision-making at household level and in farming operations through farmer groups,” said Viola Morgan, UNDP Country Director in Zambia.