Help young people in Zambia learn self-defence, self-respect and self-discipline

  • 47% of women aged 15-49 have experienced physical, sexual and emotional violence since age 15.
  • 65% of perpetrators among married women were their current partner.
  • Reports from the Zambian Victim Support unit also show an increase in reported cases with 18,088, 18,540 and 21,504 GBV cases reported in 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively.

The impact on vulnerable young women is devastating, with many living in fear and feeling trapped in a cycle of violence. Young women are often forced to marry and have children at a  young age with many enduring violence from their own husbands or partners before they have been educated and learned the skills and confidence to stand up for themselves.

Y Care International has created the Safe Spaces project in Zambia to give young women a way to break this vicious cycle. We empower young women, build their confidence and free themselves from violence. 

In Zambian villages there is traditionally a space where the younger generation gather and listen to the lessons of their elders. The YWCA has taken this idea and brought it into slums like the George compound in the capital city, Lusaka. ‘Safe Spaces’ are where young women can come to learn about gender-based violence, why it is against the law, and what they can do tackle it, for example, by reporting any case of abuse to one of our mobile legal clinics.

In several Safe Spaces, your gift could also support another exciting initiative. We are teaching karate to young women, empowering them with the skills to defend themselves against violence and teach self-discipline, self-confidence, and self-respect. We know it’s important to also educate young men about the misery that gender-based violence brings. Thanks to donations such as yours, men can learn to respect physical boundaries and take the message about the unacceptability of gender-based violence out into the community.


A gift today can give young people the confidence to succeed and to tackle gender-based violence in their communities. Please give what you can.

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Zambia is now classed as a middle income country, but many families continue to face a daily struggle against rising food prices, poverty, and weak governance.

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