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YWCA records 2,520 cases of GBV

ABIGAIL CHIYENI, Kitwe
YOUNG Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) Copperbelt regional co-ordinator Sharon Chisanga says the province has this year recorded a total of 2,520 cases of gender-based violence (GBV).
Ms Chisanga said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that the organisation is saddened by the increase in the number of GBV cases from 2,300 in 2015 to 2,520 in 2016.
She said child neglect cases dominate the type of GBV cases reported and that this can be attributed to high divorce cases because most couples do not know how to settle issues of child maintenance after divorce.
Ms Chisanga said the organisation is happy with Government’s efforts in fighting GBV in the country and that it will scale up sensitisation activities to discourage the scourge.
She said her organisation appreciates the community’s proactive role in fighting GBV because they are always on hand to report cases whenever they happen.
“With the positive support from Government, it is a good thing. We need to explore and see how best we can combat gender-based violence,” Ms Chisanga said.
She said YWCA will in 2017 enhance its working relationship with churches and religious organisations in an effort to create more awareness about the vice as some of the victims and perpetrators of GBV are members of churches and religious organisations.
Ms Chisanga said the organisation has also engaged the media to help sensitise the public on the dangers and effects of GBV through radio programmes and community meetings.
She urged parents to closely watch over their children, especially during the festive season, to avoid cases of child abuse such as defilement and cases of neglect.

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