Plan International Zambia with
Young Women Christian Association and
National Legal Aid Clinic for Women
Name of the project: ‘Making the law work for boys and girls in Zambia – Length: 36 months (till September 2018).
Target area: Chisamba district in Central province; Katete district in Eastern province; and in Chipili district in Luapula province.
Target groups: 1200 Opinion leaders, media houses, 500 policy officers, 24 judicial officers, 1.500 women, 1.500 men, 30.750 boys, 33.500 girls, including disabled children The project focuses on enhancing children’s rights to protection and access to justice through strengthened legislative and policy framework, its enforcement and implementation. In more details this comes to:
1) Enhancing awareness on children’s rights and access to justice services in the targeted communities
2) Building capacity of law enforcers to enforce children’s rights and related laws
3) Increasing awareness amount targeted policy and law makers on children’s rights and law reform
4) Strengthening the coordination mechanisms among Civil Society Organisations to improve children’s access to justice
1) Children, parents, community members, and traditional leaders are able to identify and to report child rights violations in the targeted areas.
2) Improved case management service delivery at both national and local level.
3) Child related discriminatory laws and policies are identified and tabled for reform by policy makers.
4) Improved coordination among partners implementing child protection initiatives both at community and national level.
The change the project ‘Making the law work for boys and girls in Zambia’ wants to see:
Children and community members are more pro-active in reporting cases of child rights violations in the specific areas
Cases involving children are dealt with expeditiously and in confidence, and not being turned away because it has to do with a child.
Child related discriminatory laws are done away with, by being tabled in Parliament through which law makers are in support of the law reforms.
Founded in 1937, Plan International Zambia, through which plan Norge is part of, is one of the largest children’s development global organisations in the world. It operates in more than 60 countries worldwide to create a long lasting change for children and their communities. Plan International Zambia started its operations in Mazabuka and has since grown to operate in three Programme units: Central, Eastern and Luapula province. Plan International Zambia works with children in communities in partnership with other organisations to develop and run innovative programmes that transform lives across five major programme areas: Child Protection, Economic Security, Education, Health and Water and Sanitation.Plan International’s vision is of a world in which all children realise their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity.
YWCA was formed in 1957 and has extensive experience with working on access to justice and women’s rights in Zambia. The overall goal of the organisation is to enhance the quality of life in which health, education, human rights and economic empowerment are promoted for women, youth and children. YWCA’s major activities include advocacy and lobbying for policy and legal reforms and their effective implementation, provision of services such as counselling, legal advice, temporal protective shelter, referrals and follow up on cases in order to enhance access to justice; community mobilisation and awareness raising; engaging men, boys and traditional leaders as agents of change, safe spaces for life skill building targeting adolescents and young women, socio-economic empowerment activities aimed at reducing vulnerability to vices such as gender based violence and increasing their ability to participate in decision making processes.
The National Legal Aid Clinic for Women in Zambia (NLACW) is a project of the Women’s Rights Committee and the Law Association of Zambia, established in 1990 to empower women by facilitating their access to legal rights by way of legal representation, counselling, human rights education as a district but as an integral part of the women’s movement.