The Zambia Centre for Communication Programme (ZCCP)/Kwatu has called on civic leaders in Senanga district to take a leading role in the fight against gender based violence (GBV) and inequality.

Speaking during the Senanga district ninth ordinary council meeting, ZCCP/Kwatu Executive Director Johans Mtonga said councilors are key stakeholders in reducing GBV and inequality in the district.

Mr. Mtonga said working towards reducing GBV and gender imbalance was a way of fostering development.

He said ZCCP will be running a stop gender based violence (GBV) programme in the district hence it was calling for inputs from stakeholders.

Mr. Mtonga stated that Western Province has high cases of sexual violence due to vulnerability levels among women and girls.

He stated that the programme will therefore empower women in order to reduce their vulnerability.

The ZCCP/Kwatu aims at fostering behavioural change and providing access to HIV/ AIDS services in the country.

Speaking at the same meeting, Senanga District Council Chairperson Sikuka Kabika said councilors should take an active role in inspecting various projects being implemented through the Constituency Development Funds (CDF).

And Naluywa ward councilor Benson Yusiku said high poverty levels hinder most girls in the district from attaining further education.

Mr. Yusiku also noted that parents resort to marry off the girls because of lack of financial resources.

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  1. I think it’s good to bring these problems out into the open. Zambians shouldn’t be unduly ashamed to do so. Sexual violence can be a problem even in rich countries, even amongst university students there for example. The shame belongs with the perpetrators, to dissuade them from behaving badly, not with the survivors who are not to blame. Let’s make sexual violence unacceptable anywhere.



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