As the Country entered the 16 days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, Government is in shock that cases of such a nature continue to be on the rise in the country.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Kampamba Mulenga has disclosed that Zambia has recorded 13,092 cases of Gender Based Violence between January and September, 2016.
Ms Mulenga said of the recorded cases, 1,634 are defilement cases while 41 are Gender Based Violence related murder cases, in which 12 are adult male victims, 21 Female victims and 8 Juvenile cases.
“It brings tears to us in government to learn that from January to the end of September, 2016, the Country has recorded 13,092 Gender Based Violence cases. Out of which 1,634 were defilement cases while 41 were GBV related murder cases and out of the 41 cases 12 are adult male victims, 21 female victims and 8 juvenile cases” Ms Mulenga said.
She said men who have been perpetrators of Gender Based Violence have now become victims of such bad vices.
Ms Mulenga who is Chief Government Spokesperson called on Non Governmental Organisations in the country to work closely with government and soldier on in fighting the vice.
She has stated that advocacy alone is not working out to end the vice and there is need to explore other strategies to help end Gender Based Violence related cases.
The Kalulushi Parliamentarian expressed concern at the alarming levels of women killing their spouses in the country saying there is need to change the approach in fighting the scourge.
In his speech at the commemoration of the 16 days of activism against gender based violence,President Lungu said the PF government has put in place empowerment initiatives for women and youth. He said one of the most effective ways of empowering women and men, boys and girls is to have a robust legal system that responds effectively to the needs of everyone. President Lungu said this would provide protection to women and girls against perpetrators of gender based violence. To this effect the PF government has created fast track courts to help ease the disposal of violence-related cases against women and girls.
President Lungu said the introduction of gender responsive planning and budgeting by the PF government has also been a necessary tool for mainstreaming gender into planning and budgeting processes. He expressed confidence that the practice of gender responsive planning and budgeting will also improve decision making processes on the budgets through increased awareness, transparency and accountability to budgeting for gender equality.
He said this will help draw attention to issues that have been ignored in the conventional budget and decision making.