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Let’s unite to win fight against GBV

Speak Out on Violence: DORIS KASOTE
NOVEMBER 25 to December 10 marks 16 days of activism. This year’s campaign is dubbed Orange the World: #HearMeToo.
This is an international campaign held annually to challenge violence against women and girls.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women falls on November 25, December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, while December 10 is Human Rights Day.
Every year, the event is commemorated with pleas from various sectors for the fight against gender-based violence to be intensified. However, despite the pleas, reports of GBV cases are on the increase, according to Zambia Police.
During the third quarter of 2017, the police recorded 5,096 cases of GBV reported countrywide compared to 4,235 GBV cases recorded during the same period in 2016.
According to a statement issued by Zambia Police public relations officer Esther Katongo, the total number of GBV cases reported from the first quarter to the third quarter of 2017 is 16,090 cases compared to 13,092 GBV cases in 2016 during the same period, giving an increase of 2,998 cases or 18.6 percent increase.
Such developments are distressing, more so that the public has been observed to be actively perpetuating the fight. This is evident from the various videos that have gone viral of victims being abused, especially the women.
The last video I saw was of a man who caught his wife committing adultery and he exchanged words with his ‘rival’ while the wife lay still and speechless. The man did not have a phone in hand to film the ordeal but the people who were peeping through the little space in the doorway kept calling on the man to allow them to film the two who were found pants down. The man did not seem to agree with the excited mob and pushed the door closed.
From the other videos I have seen that have also gone viral, I have observed how excited the crowd gets together with the injured party. In some circumstances, the injured party even invites the crowd to ensure that the ordeal is filmed and posted on social media.
Only recently, two women of Kitwe were arrested for assaulting their fellow woman after accusing her of having affairs with their husbands. The victim was half naked and was roughed up by her fellow women. The video has also gone viral.
With such unwillingness to help fight GBV, it is no wonder that cases are escalating. It should therefore be everyone’s concern to fight the vice and ensure that the statistics of such cases are on the decline.
Until next week.
Let’s keep in touch.
dkasote@daily-mail.co.zm

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