Government has launched an anti-gender based violence (GBV) taskforce in Kaputa district with a call on Zambians to unite and fight the scourge.
Kaputa District Commissioner Mulenga Fube said at the launch in Kaputa yesterday that the country will not realize a violence free society if people are not united to curb GBV which has devastating effects on the population.
Mr. Fube said GBV has continued to leave a trail of problems on the population including physical injuries, depression, emotional and economic violence.
He explained that GBV is a common enemy which people must fight adding
that it is also a human right violation which reflects the inequalities between men and women.
“To win this fight, there must be peace and respect for one another in our homes and workplaces regardless of who is involved, be it a man woman, boy or girl, we all deserve peace and respect. This is what will translate into a peaceful and respectful neighbourhood, community, congregation and eventually a united nation,” he said.
The DC has also indicated that government has created an enabling policy and legislative environment to ensure that incidences of GBV are eliminated.
He stated that government has put measures such as establishment of the Victim Support Unit of the Zambia Police to help survivors of GBV overcome fear, stigma, and pain.
He added that government was also spearheading the implementation of the decentralization policy so that institutions, structures and systems on the ground can respond to concerns of GBV.
Mr. Fube further said: “We must take note that the anti-gender based violenceact no. 1 of 2011 gives power to each one of us to help by reporting incidents of gender based violence to relevant authorities on behalf of the victims”.
And speaking at the same launch, a member of the Northern Province anti GBV task force, Motion Milambo said sexual offences such as defilement, indecent assault and rape top the cases of GBV in the region.
Mr. Milambo added that factors such as economic challenges, which include household and family poverty, have also resulted in increased cases of GBV.
He said GBV cases can, however, be fought if stakeholders develop programmes aimed at empowering women.
Mr. Milambo explained that if women are empowered, they will depend less on men and this will therefore reduce cases of GBV.
The anti-gender based violence task force will bring together key stakeholders to facilitate a multi-sectoral engagement to respond to GBV cases with the view to reduce the vice.