Edgar Lungu
Edgar Lungu

Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Tuesday said gender-based violence was both an intolerable and inexcusable crime which has no place in society.

Commenting on the country’s launch of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence which was meant to raise awareness on the vice, the Zambian leader said there was need to all stakeholders to work together to stamp out the blight of gender-based violence from society and that this should begin from homes.

“This is because a young boy who grows up witnessing his father or indeed any man physically abusing his mother or another woman is likely to grow up believing that is what it means to be a strong man,” he said in a post on his Facebook page.

According to him, gender-based violence was an evil that permanently breaks families, destroys lives and jeopardizes the future of the nation and pledged his full commitment as well as that of government to raise and promote an equality conscious generation against gender-based violence.

The Zambian leader noted that the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) was of the view that gender-based violence was a phenomenon deeply rooted in gender equality and continues to be one of the notable human rights violations within all societies.

During the launch of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence on Monday, the women movement expressed concern that cases have continued rising despite concerted efforts to curb the vice.

According to figures released by the police recently, Zambia recorded 6,788 cases of gender-based violence in the third quarter of 2019 compared to 6,114 cases recorded during the same period in 2018, showing an increase of 674 cases.

On the other hand, a total of 773 child defilement cases were recorded in the third quarter of 2019. Enditem

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