The Zambia Women Parliamentary Caucus (ZWPC) says that the level of cyber bullying especially on women in the country is frightening.
Zambia Women Parliamentary Caucus (ZWPC) Chairperson Nkandu Luo who is also Minister of Higher Education, says cyber bullying in the country especially against women has reached alarming levels.
Professor Luo was speaking in Lusaka this morning during a women leaders meeting, on the sidelines of cyber bullying, held at Pamodzi hotel.
Professor Luo said that there is urgent need to address the increasing number of cyber bulling in the country.
The ZWPC Chairperson called on leaders especially women, to lobby for statute to deal with the alarming levels of cyber bullying in the country.
She further urged the public to use social media for developmental issue and not issues that bring distraction to the nation.
“Women leaders only make headlines for what they wear and not for their positive contributions and achievements to the nation” Mrs. Luo said.
Professor Luo noted that there is need for people to use social media responsibly and discuss development and not petty issues.
“We need to stop mud-sling each other on social media and discuss topics that will take the nation forward” she said.
And speaking at the same event Zambia National Women’s lobby GROUP (ZNWL) representative Beauty Katebe said the country needs to carry out further orientation on the effects of cyber bullying.
She said that women account for the most bulling on the internet.
“Most of this bullying is through negative content meant to humiliate the victims” she said.
She warned that the continued abuse of social media will bring attitudes and behaviors that the country does not need or want, adding that bullying has adverse consequences to the victims and their families with reputations tarnished for life.
The lobbyist further called on more dialogue concerning cyber bullying in the country as ICT in the county grows.
Organisations in attendance included the United Nations, European Union, the Zambia Police, telecommunications companies and various women organisations across the country.