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US$20,000 set for GBV sensitisation programmes

CHOMBA MUSIKA, Choma
THE United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has set aside U$S20,000 for sensitising youth leaders from rural parts of Southern Province on the negative effects of gender-based violence (GBV).
Chief programmes officer for the Zambia National Commission for UNESCO Charles Ndakala said the GBV sensitisation workshop is aimed at ensuring that youths appreciate the “evils” of GBV so that they are able to denounce it as they grow older.
Dr Ndakala said this in Choma yesterday when he called on Southern Province minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu.
“We are here because we have realised that the cases of GBV are on the increase, so as the UNESCO office in Zambia, we thought we could start to sensitise the youth on the evils of GBV before they become adults. When they become adults, the vice will become very difficult to control,” he said.
Dr Ndakala was flanked by Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health chief community officer, Rose Masilani and Lusaka Province community services directorate coordinator, Collins Hikalinda.
The five-day training programme has attracted 30 community leaders from three chiefdoms in Choma, and these will be sensitised on the importance of gender equality, forms of GBV and their effect
Dr Ndakala expressed hope that the GBV sensitization programme will be rolled out to other provinces.
And Mr Mubukwanu said the GBV sensitisation workshop was timely because of the dehumanising effects of the scourge on the victims.
“We would like to fully embrace this programme as provincial administration. Government recognises the dehumanising effect of GBV not only on the victims, but also on the children that grow up in homes where GBV is a norm or order of the day,” he said.
Mr Mubukwanu was confident that the training programme will help youths grow into responsible citizens who will contribute positively to the country’s socio-economic development agenda.

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