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Sensitisation reduces GBV cases in Petauke

PANIC CHILUFYA, Petauke
Petauke District Hospital administrator Lweendo Munkombwe has said cases of gender-based violence (GBV) in the district have reduced due to continued sensitisation campaigns being carried out by government and some non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Mr Munkombwe, who was speaking in Petauke during the HeforShe campaign by the Ministry of Gender and Child Development (MGCD) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other partners, said  sensitisations being conducted, communities are better informed on the dangers of GBV.
He said the HeforShe campaign which has been localised, has come at the right time because NGOs such as Care and World Vision have already laid down the foundation especially in the rural areas where the vice was rampant.
Mr Munkombwe was happy that President Lungu is also passionate about reducing cases of GBV and ensuring that gender equality is promoted in the country. Last month the President had travelled to Misolo Village in Chief Nyampande’s chiefdom to launch the GBV one-stop shop.
“You can see that there is political will to ensure the success of this campaign. With resources allowing, it is necessary to roll out this campaign to all corners of the country so that we have a GBV-free nation,” he said.
The HeforShe campaign is a global solidarity movement that was started by the UN women in September last year to advocate gender equality. The aim of the campaign is to remind men folk that the struggle for gender equality is not a battle for women alone because men are often the perpetrators of gender inequality. Other partners are the Irish Aid and Swedish governments.

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