PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has expressed concern at the high numbers of Gender Based Violence cases as evidenced by statistics from the Zambia Police victim support unit which show that women and children are the major victims.
Speaking during the launch of the Chamuka Village-Led One Stop Anti-Gender Based Violence (GBV) Community Development Centre at Chief Chamuka’s Palace in Chisamba district yesterday, President Lungu said there is need for men to love, protect and provide for their mothers, sisters and wives, as it is not only cultural but also biblical.
He called on other chiefdoms to embrace the concept of the Village-Led One Stop Centre for the protection of survivors and potential victims.
“My government is of the view that while this structure has been successfully completed here at Chamuka and in other 21 chiefdoms with support from the UNDP, it would be worthwhile to construct similar centres in all the chiefdoms across the country.
My government would like to encourage stakeholders in this programme to quicken the formulation of minimum standards or guidelines for the operations of such centres,” he said.
He further said eradicating GBV will help Government, cooperating partners and other stakeholders to focus on developmental projects that will better the living standards for the poor and marginalized people of Zambia, especially women and children
President Lungu further said my government has undertaken numerous policies, legislative, administrative and institutional measures to promote and protect the rights of women and children and other vulnerable groups from GBV.
(Picture by KACHA MIYOBA)