Stakeholders in Zambia on Monday launched 16 days of gender activism in order to raise awareness of gender-based violence and other vices, with the government calling on victims not to remain silent.
Elizabeth Phiri, Minister of Gender said all victims of gender-based violence should report their cases to relevant authorities if efforts aimed at tackling the vice were to succeed.
In remarks delivered during the launch in Lusaka, the country’s capital, the Zambian minister said government was concerned that victims of gender-based violence opt to remain silence instead of reporting such cases, a move she said was hindering efforts aimed at tackling the vice.
The government, she said, will ensure that it tackles the vice wherever it occurs regardless of the social status of the perpetrator or the victim.
She however thanked all stakeholders who have played a major role in fighting gender-based violence in the southern African nation.
Mary Mulenga, Chairperson of the Non-Governmental Organization Coordinating Council, an organization fighting for women’s rights, said the organization was concerned with the continued increase in gender-based violence cases.
She said there was need to call for a stakeholders’ meeting next year aimed at finding solutions to the problem.
Zambia has continued to record an increase in gender-based violence cases despite concerted efforts to tackle the vice.
According to figures released by the police, the southern African nation recorded an increase in gender-based violence cases during the third quarter of 2018 compared to the same period last year.
The southern African nation saw the number of gender-based violence cases increasing to 6,114 during the period from 5,096 last year, representing a 16.7 percent rise, according to police spokesperson Esther Mwaata-Katongo. Enditem