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Society: President Michael Sata seeks tougher battle against gender based violence

Gender Based Violence (GBV) - Zambian President Michael Sata has said there is need for the country’s criminal justice system to be equal to the task of fighting Gender Based Violence (GBV) to ensure citizens enjoy their freedoms and rights.

“As President, I would like to call for enhanced and effective partnerships in the fight against GBV, which should go beyond political affiliations or any other social or religious inclinations,” President Sata said Monday on his Facebook posting.

“Protecting and defending our mothers and the girl child is our responsibility as men and leaders; and we should all endeavour to play a significant role in ensuring that this task is achieved. GBV is a gross human right violation and must be stopped,” he added.

President Sata commended traditional leaders in Southern Province for standing out in championing issues affecting mothers and the girl child.

First Lady Christine Kaseba was last week in Kalomo, Southern Province, to launch a pilot training project to train headmen and community leaders in curbing GBV

According to Southern Africa NGO Gender Links, Zambia has the highest cases of GBV in southern Africa and this is attributed to violent acts perpetrated by most men in Zambia.

Botswana is second, Zimbabwe third, South Africa fourth while Mauritius is at the bottom of the GBV records.

Gender Links recently disclosed that 90 percent of women in the country have been GBV victims and one in every three women was battered by her close relation, husband or boyfriend, while 72 percent of males have admitted beating up their wives and girlfriends.

Pana 11/03/2014