Zambia Commits To Anti-GBV-LUO. 22/3/2016

Gender Minister, Nkandu Luo says Zambia is effectively implementing the anti-Gender Based Violence –GBV- Crusade.

Professor Luo says this is through enactment of several gender-related laws as well as formulation of gender-related policies, such as the gender policy and child policy.

She has disclosed that government has revised the gender policy, the child policy and the youth empowerment policy.

The Minister said on the legal side, the marriage bill is already being worked on.

Professor Luo was speaking, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States of America, where thousands of delegates have gathered to attend the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women Conference -CSW.

ZNBC’s Julius Sakala reports from New York that Minister was speaking during her presentation of Zambia’s GBV interventions, which was attended by tens of delegates from other countries, who are attending the UN CSM conference.

Professor LUO’s presentation was preceded by a video documentary, which depicted the role various stakeholders, such as Chiefs and Non-Governmental Organisations –NGOs- in the anti-GBV crusade in Zambia.

During her presentation, Professor Luo also hinted that the amended constitution has also provided for gender equity.

Professor Luo also said government is further working an equity and equality bill, to facilitate the creation of a commission, with mandate to oversee swift implementation of various anti-GBV and related policies, such as the gender policy as well as the child policy.

The Minister also disclosed that enactment of the marriage Bill is another intervention, that government is working on in order to prevent and curb early marriages, which is also another form of GBV in Zambia.

Professor explained that the marriage bill is currently at consultation level, and it will eventually define who a child is, which Zambia has not had in the recent past.

Meanwhile, Professor Luo said there is an 11-member inter-ministerial committee, which is tasked to oversee an GBV related programmes, both within government and even among stakeholders.

She has explained that the traditional leadership structures have also been engaged in their role to curb GBV and its other off-shoot vices.

Professor luo says the aim of involving Chiefs is because some GBV perpetrating vices have cultural backgrounds, therefore the need to engaged traditional leaders.

And Also Speaking At The Same Presentation, Chief Nyampande of the Nsenga people of Petauke in the Eastern province, said child marriage is the form of GBV that rural Zambia is grappling with.

Chief Nyampande explained that rural areas in the Zambia fall under traditional authority, therefore Chiefs would play a vital role in curbing GBV.

He added that in his chiefdom, various interventions have been initiated by government, working with stakeholders, in projects such as the HE-FOR-SHE, which is working to create awareness about GBV among women.

Chief Nyampande further observed that Chiefs are a catalyst in any form of social-economic development setup, therefore their influence over their subjects would greatly play a big role in the administration of women’s rights.

The Traditional also said that Chiefs have every hope that Zambia is on the right track in curbing GBV cases.

This is if the crusade against GBV could be a success.

Meanwhile, Tourism and Arts Minister, Jean Kapata outlined that political will has played a big role in ensuring that anti-GBV crusade is a success.