LINDA NYONDO, Lusaka
THE NON-GOVERNMENTAL Organisations Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has called for establishment of more gender-based violence (GBV) stop centres countrywide where victims can easily report.
NGOCC gender based co-ordinator Chilufya Siwale said in Lusaka during a training that there are areas in Zambia where victims of GBV do not have places to report their cases.
She said there is need to increase awareness of what GBV is, its dangers and how it can be tackled.
“It is saddening that even children are victims of GBV. This should not be tolerated. Anyone can be a perpetrator, known or unknown, hence the need to sensitise people on GBV,’’ she said.
Ms Siwale has called for the inclusion of GBV programmes in the school curriculum so that schoolchildren can become knowledgeable on the vice.
She said there is need for people to know what the law on GBV entails.
And Ms Siwale said women need to be economically and socially empowered so that they can stand up and voice out.
“There should be that assertiveness in women to say no and to also voice out without fearing that they might be beaten by their partners,’’ she said.
Ms Siwale pledged the NGOCC’s commitment to the fight against GBV and that they will continue with their advocacy programmes.