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Govt sets up rural GBV centres

MINISTER of Gender Nkandu Luo (third from left) with traditional leaders after the HeforShe forum which was held in North-Western Province last week. Others in the picture include UN resident coordinator Janet Rogan, permanent secretaries, senior government officials and chief retainers. PICTURE: MWAPE MWENYA.

MWAPE MWENYA, Solwezi
MINISTER of Gender Nkandu Luo says Government has started establishing One-Stop -Centres in rural communities that will help deal with cases of gender-based violence (GBV) and other sexual offences.
Prof Luo said Government has also procured 100 bicycles for each chiefdom to enable officers at the centres to reach people in far-flung areas.
“The centres will also be furnished and computers will be bought to allow for easy tracking of cases. We know that more needs to be done but for a start, we thought of establishing the offices first. I want to pledge that, as long as I remain Minister of Gender, we will ensure that all the money allocated to eliminate GBV is put to good use,” Prof Luo said.
The minister was speaking on Saturday when she addressed traditional leaders from North-Western Province who wanted to know the strategies Government is putting in place to curb GBV and other activities that contribute to the vice.
The traditional leaders were drawn from various districts in the province for the HeforShe programme launch which is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Gender with the support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Several traditional leaders signed up for the programme as ambassadors in their chiefdom; they will champion the programme among their subjects.
And Chief Kizela from Mufumbwe district said perpetrators of GBV should not be spared in communities as they behave like animals who have no feelings for others.
“We have heard of reports of women who cut their husband`s manhoods as revenge after disputes, it is wrong, how can a woman cut a manhood which at the end of the day she will want to use? It is not a laughing matter but it is an issue that needs to be addressed as early as possible,” Chief Kizela said.
He said jail sentences should be stiffened to deter would-be offenders.




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