GENDER Minister and Child Development Victoria Kalima has attributed to the increase in the numbers of cases of Gender Based Violence (GBVs) due to the dependency syndrome.
The minister said it was not a secret that most of the women were depending on men.
Ms Kalima said when she paid a courtesy call on Chipata District Administrative Officer Kapembwa Sikazwe in Chipata on Monday that GBV cases were on the increased because of the dependency syndrome.
“The major causes of the GBV cases are due to the dependency syndrome.
So the best to reduce the GBV cases is through empowerment of women and the girl child who are so vulnerable in society,” she said.
She explained that it was saddening that many women were caught up in the GBV related cases across the country.
The minister said Government has deliberately formulated policies and find ways on how GBV cases could be curbed in the country.
Ms Kalima said there was need for men and women to consider dialogue in their communities in order to help the Government and other stakeholders in curbing the violence.
She also bemoaned the increased in the number of child marriages in Eastern Province.
She said according to the statistics, the province was the highest in terms of the child marriages in the province.
Ms Kalima said there was need to work together in an effort to combat the increased in the number of child marriages.
She said her ministry would soon form some task force committees through the help of the traditional leaderships as part of combating the vice.
And Mr Sikazwe said that the district has set up a deliberately committee that would tackle and provide solutions on why gender cases have increased.
He said that the committee would report all its operations to the Ministry for records and progress.