Nongovernmental organizations and civil-society groups in Zambia are backing a move to eliminate the possibility of bail for those accused of sex offenses against children. The groups say that bail allows alleged abusers to intimidate their accusers into not showing up in court, to traumatize the victims further and to commit more crimes, although those accused of such crimes criticize the practices of police and slow-moving courts in such cases, as well.
In Zambia, girls often miss school because of difficulty managing menstrual periods without sanitary supplies and facilities. Girls are still waiting for the government to follow through on a 2016 promise to address the problem with free sanitary pads.
The Zambian government, moving to improve infant health, is proposing to broaden the current ban on formula and other breast milk substitutes to include infant foods. Penalties for advertising such products would also be widened.
Warning that congregants are being abused by false prophets, Zambia has deported at least one foreign national and denied entry to another. The new Ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs, established in 2016 to regulate churches, says the cleanup is just beginning.