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Don’t perpetrate gender-based violence in 2015

THE year 2014 has come to an end with the resolutions that were made at the beginning of the year.  Some people lived up to their promises. For others, their plans did not see the light of day.  
Tomorrow we enter 2015. New resolutions will be made, with some obviously being met at the end of the year while others will not.
It is my hope that every individual makes it as one of their resolutions not to get involved in gender-based violence.
Let’s not leave it to law enforcers to take care of this problem because it has become part of our daily lives and this should not be the case.
However, it is consoling to note that amidst the cases of GBV, Government and other stakeholders have not been sitting idly by. They have been vigorously  to sensitisiing communities on the dangers of GBV.
Despite the concerns of the stakeholders and to bring a realisation to communities on the dangers of GBV, it is also incumbent upon each and every individual not to perpetrate the vice, let alone to turn a blind eye to a relative, a friend or a neighbour who is a victim of GBV.
In the year 2014, cases of GBV have been high despite wide condemnation from various stakeholders and law enforcers ensuring that those found wanting face the wrath of the law.
By September 30, 2014, police Victim Support Unit (VSU) recorded 12,988 cases of GBV which was an increase of 3,213 as compared to the entire 2013 which recorded 9,775
Figures show that the Copperbelt Province recorded the highest cases of GBV in the first and third quarter of 2014 with 1,608 and 1,407 cases, respectively.
However, Lusaka Province had the highest cases recorded in the second quarter with 1,137 cases.
It is unfortunate that most GBV cases occur in homes.  If a family upheld the atmosphere of a peace and loving environment, there would be little or no cases of GBV.
Some children grow up in a home where parents or guardians usually fight. They grow up thinking that it is a normal way of life. Even when they go out into the various communities, they will embrace violence and take it as the norm.
Other children grow up in an environment where, besides physical violence, the use of abusive language is a way of life.
Children easily pick up habits, both good and bad. As such, adults should take a leading role in imparting good moral values in children, from a family level, through the community up to the national level.
In that way, cases of GBV will be on the decrease instead of increasing and leaving everything to law enforcement agencies to deal with the problem is not the way to go.
We are all part of this problem, and the Zambia citizenry, being a peace-loving nation should take it upon itself to actively get involved in fighting this vice. It may not necessarily be in a home but the effects of GBV have far-reaching consequences.
Only two weeks ago, Mary Machiko, 75, of Chimika village in Chief Chembe’s area in Luano Valley was allegedly beaten by Christon Chola after accusing her of being a witch.
Last week, the media reported a case of a man who was stabbed with a screw driver in his back. The man had to undergo surgery to remove the sharp instrument which was stuck in his back.
Another disheartening case, among the many cases of GBV, was where a 32-year-old man of Kitwe was admitted to Kitwe Central Hospital after his wife poured hot cooking oil on him following a marital dispute.
The cases of GBV are too numerous to mention. Please as we enter the New Year, let’s resolve to end the violence. It starts with you and me.
Do have a happy, prosperous and violence-free 2015.
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