DARLINGTON MWENDABAI, Chipata
EASTERN Province permanent secretary Chanda Kasolo has commended the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) for joining the crusade against gender-based
violence (GBV) and child marriages.
Mr Kasolo said traditional leaders are custodians of traditional norms and practices hence are better placed to fight GBV and child marriages in the country.
This is contained in a speech read for him by Eastern Province assistance secretary Royd Tembo during the opening of a three-day GBV, HIV issues and child marriage training workshop on Wednesday.
The meeting was organised by Zambia Centre for Communication Programmes (ZCCP) with the support from USAID and UKAID.
He said the meeting is aimed at equipping traditional leaders with building capacity in joining hands with other stakeholders and be agents of change in curbing these social vices.
Mr Kasolo said the BRE, just like any other royal establishment in the country, are key in rooting out bad traditions and norms in society.
He said Zambia has high rate of GBV cases within the southern African region hence the training will help in reversing the treads.
He said the exchange programme is timely, and in line with President Lungu’s vision of including traditional leaders in national development.
Mr Kasolo said a provincial task force through the Ministry of Gender has been established.
He said Government is working with 288 traditional leaders countrywide in an effort to root out the evils of GBV, HIV issues and child marriages.
He said traditional leaders should promote a culture to unite people under a banner of, ‘One Zambia, One Nation’ where people live in harmony while respecting each other’s human rights.
Mr Kasolo challenged traditional leaders to share the knowledge with their respective communities so that the social vices are eliminated in society.