Life is beautiful
Twelve-year-old Suria started going to a DFID-funded safe space last year.
"I like coming to the safe space because I don’t want to be destroyed in life. I don’t want to have sex because I’m still very young. I've learnt to say ‘no no no’ to sex before marriage and I've learnt why early marriages aren't good. My auntie got married early and she suffers a lot. I'd like to be a pilot when I'm older. I'd like my life to be educated and beautiful."
The Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program – led by the Population Council – is currently helping more than 10,000 girls like Suria benefit from safe spaces in Zambia. The work is carefully evaluated to see how it is changing girls’ lives.
Picture: Jessica Lea/Department for International Development