On November 7, 2018, the Government of the Republic of Zambia hosted a high-level event in Lusaka to launch the first-ever national report on the Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS), also known as Zambia’s Health and Wellbeing Survey (H-Well).
Zambia’s VACS report provides never-before seen data on the prevalence, nature and consequences of violence against children and youth, including insights on sexual violence and its relationship to children’s lifelong health outcomes. The VACS data also reveals the stark and specific differences in the types of violence girls and boys experience in childhood, be it sexual, physical or emotional.
Key findings from Zambia’s VACS Report include:
In addition to the formal remarks provided at the launch, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence Against Children (SRSG), Marta Santos Pais shared a video message congratulating the Government of Zambia on its completion of the VACS Report. In the SRSG’s remarks, the efforts of the Zambian Government were recognized as a means to enhance the country’s capacity to design, implement, and evaluate national child protection policies.
As a way forward, SRSG Santos Pais also encouraged government actors to use the VACS findings to drive country-led, multi-sectoral action to strengthen violence prevention and response programming as a means to end of all forms violence against children in Zambia.
Zambia’s Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) was conducted by the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development, in collaboration with the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services, Central Statistical Office, University of Zambia Department of Population Studies, and Save the Children. It was supported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), PEPFAR, UNICEF, and other partners as part of the Together for Girls partnership.
About Together for Girls
Together for Girls is a global partnership working to end violence against children and adolescents, particularly sexual violence against girls. The partnership brings together more than 20 national governments, civil society organizations, UN entities, development partners, and the private sector to improve violence prevention, healing and justice. Together for Girls uses an innovative model of data, advocacy and action to drive lasting change and create a safer world for all.