The women movement in Zambia on Wednesday expressed concern that cases of defilement of a girl child have continued unabated despite efforts the curb them.
The Zambia National Women Lobby said 2019 witnessed an increase in cases of child sexual defilement abuse, adding that the wellbeing of the girl child was being threatened.
Beauty Katebe, the organization’s chairperson said action needs to be taken to curtail the unfortunate behavior.
“Homes and schools which should be safe spaces for the girl child are now risk areas. The wellbeing of the girl child is being threatened and urgent action needs to be taken to curtail this unfortunate behavior,” she said in the organization’s review of last year and expectations for 2020.
According to her, actions toward the reduction in sexual child abuse should include men and boys as they were the main perpetrators.
According to Zambia Police figures, a total of 1,343 cases of girl child defilement cases were recorded in the second and third quarter of 2019 in Zambia. Enditem