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Reactions: Anti-GBV court a good move

SPEAK OUT ON VIOLENCE with DORIS KASOTE
THE anti-gender-based violence (GBV) court has been established in Kabwe.  Last week, I commended stakeholders that worked tirelessly behind the scenes to see to it that plans for such an institution come to fruition.
My appeal is that GBV victims should make full use of such an establishment.  Undoubtedly, this came about due to the various cases of GBV that continue to exist in our societies; some reported while others go unreported.
Victims of GBV, both men and women, should take advantage of such an institution if the country hopes to see a reduction of cases of GBV.
The establishment is certainly one of the avenues to fight the vice. At the same time, people need to change their mindsets that differences are not always resolved by being violent.
This week, I run reactions from some readers who are excited about the establishment of the anti-GBV court.
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Dear Doris,
The introduction of the anti-GBV court in Kabwe is a very good move. It is wonderful.
I am a GBV survivor based in Kabwe who has gone through hell on earth at the hands of my husband.
My husband would become violent even over non-issues. Not that I am justifying violence to say some situations call for one to be violent, but his behaviour would leave me puzzled – that is besides being bruised.
The anti-GBV court will see to it that cases of GBV are reduced and as a result, men will respect women.
I am glad I have managed to walk out of the abusive marriage alive and I filed for divorce. The divorce was granted by the Kabwe High Court on December 21, 2015. I am only waiting for the six months grace period to be granted the divorce certificate.
Doreen was also very helpful during the period you were on vacation.
It’s because of such articles that such a court has even been established.
Thank you Doris and the entire Zambia Daily Mail staff.
Stay blessed!
JULIET CHIKWEKWE
Kabwe
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Dear Doris,
I congratulate Government and other stakeholders for the establishment of the anti-GBV court.
My appeal is that such courts should be established countrywide because there are many cases of GBV that require to be dealt with.
DIANA CHISENGA
Lusaka
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Hi Doris,
I salute the opening of the GBV court but I think more needs to be done to sensitise people on what GBV is. It does not merely imply the physical violence but other forms of violence as well.
For instance, there are unreported cases of GBV in offices. Most victims are women but they fear to report such cases for fear of losing their jobs.
Jobs are scarce in Zambia and no one wants to lose a job. Abusers, both men and women, should take a minute to think of how uncomfortable the victims are, as a result of their actions.
JANET MANDA
Lusaka
Until next week, let’s keep in touch on dkasote@daily-mail.co.zm



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