Gender violence

Gender-based violence (GBV) cases in Zambia’s Copperbelt province have remained high despite increased awareness programs to curb the scourge, a women’s association said on Wednesday.

The province has recorded about 261 cases during the first quarter of 2019 compared to 323 cases recorded during the same period last year, according to the Young Women Christian Association (YWCA).

Sharon Chisanga, the organization’s regional coordinator said the figures for the 2019 first quarter could have been more had the organization not closed its offices for a month as workers were undergoing training.

She told Xinhua in an interview that the number of GBV cases has remained high despite massive awareness programs by the association, adding that this was a source of concern.

According to her, there was need for increased collaboration by all partners to strengthen awareness programs.

“Gender-based violence are still on the worrying side as seen by numbers, we can safely say that these figures are constant despite a number of awareness programs, the figures changed because most centers in the province were closed as workers were undergoing training programs,” she said.

She called on Zambians to adhere to advocacy in the fight against GBV if the numbers have to drastically reduce,” she said.

She urged couples and those in relationships to exercise maximum restraint when forced with difficulties than resorting to physical fights as dialogue is the only way to curb the rising numbers of GBV. Enditem

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