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Let’s not relax on GBV fight

SPEAK OUT ON VIOLENCE with DORIS KASOTE
TIME flies, six weeks has already gone past. I am thankful to my colleague Doreen Nawa for having kept you company while I was on vacation.
As I get back into the groove, my emphasis is on the need to continue forging ahead with the fight against Gender-based violence.
Year in and year out, the nation has seen the vice continue to hit the headlines, a development that makes me sad.
This is not to say various stakeholders have not been actively involved in sensitising the nation on the dangers that come with GBV.
The year has even seen the highest office of the land, which is the presidency, also take the bull by its horn by being a promoter of the HeForShe campaign.
President Lungu has acknowledged that women need to be treated with respect and should be treated as partners in developing the nation.
Only recently, Minister of Gender and Child Development Nkandu Luo advised the police service not to turn away victims of GBV.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, which is why the sentiments by Professor Luo for a woman to put her foot down in the face of GBV should not be dismissed.
Several other organisations have spoken out on GBV and it remains upon every citizen to have regard for the next person.
Sometimes, women allow themselves to be ill-treated by men. This is not to say there are no men who are victims of GBV but the majority are women.
As the year comes to an end, it is important to reflect on the repercussions that come with GBV.
Ideally, the year should end on a good note with each individual searching within themselves to ponder on how they helped respond to GBV and how they will do more in 2016.
Let’s not get to a point where we accept GBV as a norm, because it is not.   GBV is a crime because it is a violation of one’s well-being.
As we celebrate this festive season, GBV should be the least of things that one should be involved in.
I look forward to a day when a week will pass, without hearing of one form of violence or the other. Not that it merely will not be reported on but because the nation will realise the impact it has on the victim.
Let’s make merry peacefully and be considerate of each other’s feelings. We should aim to maintain love and unity.
On that note, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2016. Please enjoy the festive period in peace, not only this year but even the years to come.
Let’s keep in touch. dkasote@daily-mail.co.zm


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