Stop selling your daughters, chieftainess tells parents, Zambia Daily Mail

Date: November 12, 2005
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The article is about the early marriage of girls by their parents as a way to access resources.

The article can be used to:
1. Stimulate a discussion about the human rights of girls and how early marriage can infringe on these rights.      
2. Show how traditional leaders can have a positive influence on communities.
3. Prompt discussions on tradition and culture.
4. Promt discussions on gender and education.
Trainer’s Notes:  The article is a good illustration of an attempt to mainstream gender – it deals with the impact of early marriage on the lives of girls and links it to continued gender imbalances.  The article is strengthened by the use of a chieftainess as a source. A missing voice however is that of the young women who are directly affected by early marriage.  HIV coverage could be strengthened.
Discussion Questions:
1. What is the role of traditional leaders in promoting human rights and preventing HIV?
2. What is the impact on early marriage for the girl ?
3. What are the leadign factors contributing to early marriage ?
Training exercises:      
1. Research statistics around gender and education. What are enrollement rates ? Do the differ among boys and girls ?
2. Design a poster that could be used to prevent early marriage and keep girls in school. What are the key messages that would encourage parents to do this ?
Links to Training Resources:  Gender and HIV/AIDS: A Training Manual for Southern African Media and Communicators, Gender Links and the AIDS Law Project, Chapter 4

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