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State steps up GBV fight

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SYLVESTER CHISHIMBA, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT has made considerable progress in effectively dealing with gender-based violence (GBV), Minister of Gender and Child Development Nkandu Luo has said.
Professor Luo said Government is working with co-operating partners and other stakeholders to implement strategies aimed at addressing GBV.
Prof Luo said this in Lusaka’s Matero on Sunday in a speech read for her by ministry of Gender and Child Development permanent secretary Daisy Ng’ambi shortly after march-past by the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church Central Zambia Conference against GBV under the theme: “Freedom in relationships”.
“The church, as a partner in the fight against GBV, must indeed reach out to the rest of the community so that they too hear your messages because we believe that once there is an outreach to the families, there will be peace in the nation,” she said.
Prof Luo said her ministry will continue working tirelessly to ensure that Zambia overcomes GBV in the social, cultural, religious, relationship setups so that future generations may live in peace and prosperity without fear of any form of abuse.
“I urge everyone to be fully involved in curbing GBV. I call upon communities to action for zero tolerance, empower one another with information and report all cases to the police and perpetrators of GBV regardless of their status in society,” she said.
Earlier, SDA central conference Zambia executive secretary Moses Ziyela commended Government for its efforts in sensitising and educating communities on the fight against GBV.
“Today, as individuals, we need to stand up to fight any form of abuse in our communities. We have a duty to protect all those who are not able to protect themselves,” Mr Ziyela said.

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