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Govt partners with USAID to fight GBV

SITEMBILE SIWAWA, Chibombo
GOVERNMENT has formed partnership with the United State Agency for International Development, Centre for Communication Programme and Women in Law for Southern Africa to implement three stop gender-based violence (GBV) projects for a period of five years.
Speaking at the launch of the Chibombo One-Stop Centre recently, Minister of Community Development Mother and Child Health Emerine Kabanshi said the three projects will support survivors, prevent GBV and provide access to justice.
Ms Kabanshi noted that gender inequality is a key variable in the incidence of GBV.
“The problem of GBV has existed in Zambia for a long time, however current trends have seen an upward increase and these acts of violence range from physical, sexual and psychological abuse of women and children,” she said.
Ms Kabanshi also expressed happiness that more men are reporting acts of violence against them. “This is a good sign as most men decide not to report due to stigma attached to this,” she added.
And Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Gender and Child Development Daisy Ng’ambi said the project will act as a safe haven where survivors can centre can access integration.
Ms Ng’ambi in a speech read on her behalf by director of gender rights protection Pumulo Mundale said Government is also facilitating the management of over 21 one stop centres countrywide through the help of cooperating partners.
She said “my ministry is also introducing new programmes to reinforce other current programmes like the men’s network and traditional leaders to assist in the abolishment of such cultural practices like sexual cleansing and child marriages.”
Meanwhile, USAID/Zambia mission director Susan Brems charged that rebalancing power relations between men and women, boys and girls is an effective way to reduce GBV.
Dr Brems said the launch of the Chibombo one stop centre is part of the commemoration of the 16 days activism against GBV.
She added that “this project on survivor support is one of the three projects under the programme known as stop: stop-GBV.”

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