Amnesty International calls on the Zambian authorities to honour their obligation under international human rights law to eradicate discrimination by swiftly investigating all homophobic attacks and to take concrete measures to prevent further attacks.
These are the concepts that young women in Zambia are grappling with at the Young Women's Leadership Camp.
Patriarchy – through institutions like the family, tradition and culture, education and the media – controls women’s sexuality as a way to maintain power and the status quo.
When we think about sex and sexualities, we are thinking about ‘penis’ and ‘vagina’ but there are other forms of having sex so we need to bear this in mind when talking about sex.
– Chanda Buumba Katongo I learned more about the issue of choice – as a person I can have certain beliefs but what is important is that every women has the right to choose – my own values or opinions should not hinder another person’s access to (SRH) services.
Talking about S-E-X and sexuality, reproductive and sexual rights as we experience them as individuals is revolutionary.
The camp is igniting and supporting young women's activism, creating spaces to talk about the big issues that affect their lives, work and more, and strengthening political analytical tools.The terrain consists of high plateaus, large savannas, and hilly areas; the highest altitude is in the Muchinga Mountains, at 6,000 feet (1,828 meters).The Great Rift Valley cuts through the southwest and Victoria Falls, the most visited site in Zambia, is in the South.There are several game parks in the country; some consider Southern Luangwa to be the best game park on the continent. The population in 2000 was estimated at 9.87 million.There exists a strong migration to urban areas where families go looking for employment.Laws prohibiting consensual, private, same-sex sexual activity are in violation of international human rights treaties, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.