ZIO MWALE, Lusaka
THE Ministry of Gender has recorded over 10,000 cases of gender-based violence (GBV) from January to date with a call on young people to join the fight against the vice.
Ministry of Gender’s gender rights protection acts, vice director Ernest Lungu said at a media workshop organised by Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Lusaka that the number of GBV cases has increased and the ministry is calling upon young people to stand and fight GBV.
Mr Lungu said of late, cases of GBV have risen and that some cases are left unreported.
“Some cases are not reported due to culture barriers but this is happening mainly in rural areas,” he said.
He said GBV mostly affects young couples and it is important that young people join hands to fight the vice.
“Our young couples are mostly involved in GBV because they fail to resolve their disputes in an amicable manner,” he said.
He said that it is heart-breaking seeing young couples resorting to GBV whenever they have a domestic dispute.
Mr Lungu said that domestic violence, cyber-violence and other harmful practices should come to an end as it is leading to premature deaths among young people.
Meanwhile YMCA programmes development secretary Daniel Phiri said in an interview that the association is implementing a three-year programme called ‘A Real Man Is’. The overall goal of the project is to ensure women and girls are safe and better protected against sexual and physical violence.
“We have an increasing number of GBV cases in the country and as YMCA we have taken up the challenge to help curb the vice,” he said.
He said the project is being implemented in Kitwe and Lusaka.