Editor's Comment

Let’s curb GBV now

THERE has been an apparent increase in gender-based violence (GBV) in Zambia, and once again there is renewed need to stop the scourge.
Gender Links, a civil society organisation, says that Zambia has one of the highest reported cases of GBV in southern Africa.
This does not reflect well for a country that truly treasures itself as an oasis of peace in the southern Africa region and beyond.
It is, therefore worrisome that that GBV, particularly against women and children, is increasing despite the various interventions government and civil society are making to curb it.
Rather than give up the fight, the Government is resolute in efforts to curb this violence.  This is commendable.
Government will not give up the fight against GBV, says to Minister of Gender and Child Development Inonge Wina.
There are various reasons why men turn against their partners and children, but one of the main reasons seems to be abuse of substances such as drugs and alcohol.
Many stories on this form of violence reveal that often alcohol or drug abuse triggers the aggression.
In the past, violence against women went largely unnoticed but the situation is thankfully different now especially with the media reporting more on the concern.
There are almost daily occurrences of GBV that are reported and in many cases these involve men either beating up women or children falling prey to men who abuse them.
A recent report published by Gender Links, an NGO, says a survey conducted in Lusaka, Kitwe, Kasama and Mpika shows that GBV cases were on the increase.
Last week, the Ministry of Gender and Child Development flagged off the ‘Leka GBV’ campaign in an effort to raise awareness against GBV with riders aiming to travel from Chililabobwe to Livingstone.
Such initiatives must be encouraged because they make men and women aware that GBV is a crime which should never be tolerated.
Zambia is a peaceful country and this peace should not just be at national level but in the home as well.
GBV seems to be increasing despite the upped campaign against the scourge.  This campaign includes the  16 days of gender activism.
All stakeholders should, however, not give up this noble cause to stop this violence.
The campaign must continue because GBV is deadly and its ripple effects go beyond the home to the community and society as a whole.
It is important too that the victims, including men, speak out so that the perpetrators are delt with accordingly.
The fight against GBV is not for government alone.
Every man and woman should be involved for the collective goal of envoloping Zambia in love rather than hate and brutality.

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