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YWCA hails President Lungu over GBV

THE Young Women Christian Association has commended President Lungu for his resolve to empower women and fight gender-based violence (GBV).
Executive director Patricia Ndhlovu said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday  that YWCA is happy that President Lungu has added his voice to what non-governmental oragnisations have been calling for over a long time.
“President Lungu’s recognition of women is an indication of being a good role model to the international community and should be applauded. This is what we expect of him,” Ms Ndhlovu said.
She said hearing the President speak about women, especially empowerment, is progressive and a confirmation of his role as the HeForShe promoter.
President Lungu launched the HeForShe campaign in Zambia following his appointment as promoter by the United Nations during a summit in South Africa earlier this year.
Ms Ndhlovu said YWCA hopes that pronouncements will be followed by actions to ensure women and girls, especially those in rural areas, are empowered.
She called for effective implementation of the policies and laws pertaining to women and anti-gender based violence.
“We have in place the Anti Gender Based Violence Act of 2011, which provides for the protection of survivors of violence, particularly women. Current statistics indicate a very high number of GBV cases on a daily basis,” she said.
Ms Ndhlovu said it is important, therefore, that the fund that is set aside in the Act to be considered in the 2016 budget to be presented in Parliament.
She said the inclusion of the fund will be a clear indication of President Lungu’s seriousness to operationalise policies on women.

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