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Vice President MUTALE NALUMANGO says government will enhance comprehensive digital media literacy programmes through the school curriculum.

Mrs. NALUMANGO says digital media literacy is meant to meet specific digital needs of girls and young women in order to reduce cases of online Gender Based Violence.

She has also pledged to support the safety of girls and young women working online through relevant institutions.

Mrs. NALUMANGO was speaking during the launch of Plan International Zambia state of the World’s girls report in Lusaka today.

She said the Covid 19 pandemic has pushed everyone to online platforms for information as physical interactions are limited.

Mrs. NALUMANGO said it is sad the online platforms have been marred with a lot of misinformation and disinformation endangering the end users.

She said the report is a great stride towards addressing issues affecting girls and young women in the digital era.

Mrs. NALUMANGO said the report has come at the right time as it states how adolescent girls and young women engage with political, civic or social topics online and how they deal with misinformation.

The launch is a build up to the international day of the girl child on October 11 to be commemorated under the local theme ‘digital generation our generation’.

Mrs. NALUMANGO said this in a speech read on her behalf by minister of Youth and Sport ELVIS NKANDU.

Meanwhile Plan International Zambia Country Director JAMES PIMUNDU said his organization is advocating for freedom online and called for efforts to address misinformation and disinformation.

Speaking at the same event Swedish Ambassador to Zambia ANNA MAJ HULTGÅRD said it is important to assess progress and luck of progress in the realization of the rights of the girls.

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