UN praise Dr Kaseba for anti-early marriages campaign

Media Statement
NEW York, Monday, May 13, 2013 — The United Nations has commended Zambia’s First Lady Dr
Christine Kaseba-Sata for her advocacy against early marriages.
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Dr Babatunde Osotimehin said his
organization was ready to work with the Zambian First Lady’s campaign to end early marriages.
“We want to thank you for your interest in child marriages in Zambia and the fact that in April you
launched the campaign against child marriage. For us, it’s [child marriage is] a violation of the rights of a child,” Dr Osotimehin said.
The UNFPA chief was speaking when he met Dr Kaseba-Sata at UNFPA Headquarters in New York on
Monday.
Dr Osotimehin commended Dr Kaseba-Sata for her advocacy in combating breast and cervical cancer and
her other key roles in promotion of health service delivery in Zambia.