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Gender ministry forms anti-GBV task forces

GENDER and Child Development Minister Inonge Wina has disclosed that district task forces have been formed in Eastern, Lusaka, Muchinga, Southern and Western provinces to effectively fight gender-based violence (GBV).
Speaking during the commemoration of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence recently, Ms Wina said the creation of the district task forces is a strategy that will ensure community response mechanisms are established.
This year’s commemorations are running under the theme ‘From peace in the home to peace in the nation: Stop gender-based violence, empower women’.
She said the strategy will also enhance awareness creation and support at the lowest levels of governance.
“The district task forces in other provinces not mentioned will be covered soon,” she said.
Ms Wina is, however, concerned that people in rural areas still cannot report GBV cases due to limited access to police stations and health care institutions.
“That is why we have supported the Zambia Police Victim Support Unit with motor vehicles and other resources, including the development of GBV information management systems as well as capacity-building,” she added.
And United Nations resident coordinator Hamid Elbashir commended the Zambian government for the strides it has made to address GBV.
Dr Elbashir, however, said despite the strides made, violence against women and girls has reached alarming levels.
He noted that from January to September this year, police recorded 13,000 GBV-related cases.

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