Gender Headlines

Oxfam launches ‘I Care about Her!’ campaign

NANCY MWAPE, Kazungula
OXFAM Zambia has launched the “I Care about Her!” campaign in Kazungula and Namwala districts as part of 16 days of gender activism to encourage men to stop violence against women and girls.
About 400 men marched the streets of Kazungula on Monday in honour of women in their lives.
Oxfam Zambia head of communication Misozi Tembo said the campaign is a call for men to take action to stop violence against women as well as rape and defiling girls.
“The campaign is an ideal platform for men who have been silent for too long to come out, voice their thoughts and act together to stop defilement, rape, early marriages and wife battering,” she said.
And over 1,000 Zambia Police Service officers have been trained as champions and have also reached out to over 5,000 officers.
Oxfam is working with Young Women’s Christian Association, Zambia National Women’s Lobby and the Zambia Police Service to fight gender-based violence (GBV).
Zambia Police Service gender head Lloyd Mushauko said anger should not be an excuse for infringing pain on another person.
“Men are the head of the house who should bring change in our society and families. We need a society of love and joy,” he said.
The “I Care about Her!” campaign was officially launched in November 2012 to mobilise men across the country to increase their role in condemning and stopping violence against women and girls.
Headman David Muchanga, representing Mwanga and Makango village, said with support from Oxfam, the community has seen reduced cases of GBV and defiling of young girls.
“Our married men now appreciate that you cannot force a women to have sex, even if it’s your wife because that rape,” he said.
The campaign has also been introduced in twenty schools across five provinces and twenty teachers trained as community champions. So far, eight teachers have been suspended for violating girls in schools.

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