The commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism against gender based violence was marred by apathy as only ten institutions plus ruling party the Patriotic Front Women’s Group turned up for an event in Livingstone to mark the campaign.
Southern Zambia: The commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism against gender based violence was marred by apathy as only ten institutions plus ruling party the Patriotic Front Women’s Group turned up for an event in Livingstone to mark the campaign.
Giving an update on gender based violence in Zambia’s Southern Province, Deputy Police Commissioner Fred Mutondo said: “We have recorded 505 cases of gender based violence out of which only one man is the victim. Of these 505, 192 have gone to court, 200 have been withdrawn by complainants while the rest have not been followed up by the victims.”
He urged victims of gender based violence not to withdraw cases as this creates a vicious circle as the perpetrators continue committing the same crime over and over.
Stephanie Maseka from the Non Governmental Organizations Coordinating Council (NGOCC), reading a speech on behalf of Southern Province NGOCC Liaison Officer Faith Simukoko, appealed to the government to expedite the creation of district attorneys’ offices. NGOCC also calling for the establishment of gender based violence fast track courts and an increase of sentencing powers for magistrates to help increase clearance of court cases without having to refer them to the High Court.
By the time Southern Province deputy permanent secretary Alfred Chiingi read the official speech only half of the women who had initially gathered at the eventremained.
The institutions present were the Zambia police, Zambia Air Force, the prison service, the Zambia Revenue Authority, Ministry of Community Development, Cabinet Office, Zambia education, David Livingstone College of Education, Livingstone City Council and the Patriotic Front.