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Inonge Wina seeks civil society support

CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina has called on civil society organisations to partner with Government and aggressively sensitise the community on the effects of gender-based violence (GBV), especially spouse killings.
Meanwhile, OXFAM international chief executive officer Mark Goldring has pledged his organisation’s continued humanitarian support to Zambia, especially in the fight against GBV and economic emancipation of women and the youth in Zambia.
Speaking when Mr Goldring called on her at her office in Lusaka yesterday, Mrs Wina said Government is concerned about the spate of “reverse GBV” in which women are reportedly killing their spouses.
The Vice-President said organisations like OXFAM should help Government to go flat out in the community to speak against GBV because it is a threat to the country’s development agenda.
“We still have more work to do to sensitise the community on the dangers of GBV.
“We currently have this reverse violence where women are now attacking their husbands and it appears they [women] have gained more power to challenge their male-folk but in a negative manner,” Mrs Wina said.
She called on OXFAM to consider partnering with the Ministry of Gender and go flat out to sensitise the community on the negative effects of GBV.
Meanwhile, Mrs Wina has commended OXFAM for the work it is doing in Zambia and assured the organisation of Government support.
She urged OXFAM to continue complementing Government’s quest to diversify the economy through agriculture diversification.
“We have followed your [OXFAM] work especially on promotion of human rights, poverty eradication and climate change which have a bearing on economic development,” Mrs Wina said.
She also called on OXFAM to consider partnering with Government on how best citizens can prepare for disasters.
Minister in the Vice-President’s office Sylvia Chalikosa, her permanent secretary Stephen Mwansa and Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit national coordinator Patrick Kangwa accompanied Mrs Wina.
And Mr Goldring said he is in the country to augment the programmes that OXFAM has been implementing in Zambia, among them disaster management and promotion of women’s rights.
He said OXFAM is committed to supplementing Government’s development agenda especially through women and youth empowerment.
Mr Golding said OXFAM is ready to promote economic diversification especially among the hard-working youth and women in Chiawa.
Ms Chalikosa urged OXFAM to make its projects more visible.
And Mr Kangwa called on OXFAM to help Zambia establish an integrated response to disasters.

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