ARTHUR MWANSA, Kafue
UP to 1,197 cases of gender-based violence (GBV) have been recorded in Kafue district between 2014 and 2015.
Of these cases, 215 have been committed against males, while 982 are against female victims.
Kafue district acting commissioner Ngoni Moyo disclosed this during the official closing ceremony of various activities that were held to commemorate 16 Days of Activism against Gender -Based Violence which run from November 25 to December 10, 2015.
Activities were held under the theme â€œFrom Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for all: End Child Marriages Now!â€
Mr Moyo said during the same period, 264 spouse-battering cases were reported, of which 233 were against women and 31 against men.
â€œIt is also sad to mention that there were 151 defilement cases of which 150 were committed against girls and one boy; with a total of 30 child marriage cases reported,â€ he said.
Mr Moyo said it is also unfortunate that there has been an increase in emotional and psychological abuse, adding that most cases happened in urban wards.
Mr Moyo has since called on the clergy and other community leaders to support survivors of GBV in the area.
He said the church and other community leaders should design programmes that will help address issues affecting communities at various levels in Kafue.
â€œWithout peace in the home it will not be easy to eradicate GBV. It is also important to end child marriages because the girl child needs to grow and get the much-needed education in order for her to contribute positively to society,â€ Mr Moyo said.
He also said the 16 days campaign provided an opportunity to show solidarity in the fight to end violence against girls and women.
Mr Moyo said GBV inhibits the enjoyment of a personâ€™s human rights and fundamental freedoms such as the right to life, right to equal protection under the law.
At the same event, Kafue district gender focal point person Belinda Lubasi said this year, the 16 days campaign was focused specifically on the relationship between militarism and the right to education in situations of violent conflict, relative peace and variety of education setting.
Ms Lubasi said education is a public good and fundamental human right, recognised in article 26 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and upheld in various international and regional human rights conventions and treaties.
ARTHUR MWANSA, Kafue