Lusaka, 26 November, 2021 / 8:45 pm (ACI Africa).
The Zambian government has been urged to intensify services that contribute towards the healing of victims of Gender-Based Violence (GBV), which is on the increase in the Southern African nation.
In a statement released on the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women Thursday, November 25, officials of the humanitarian and development arm of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) say they are “disheartened” by the increasing violence against females.
Statistics from the Zambia Police show that 850 girls out of 1,027 children have been abused while at least 2,437 women out of 3,015 adults have experienced GBV within the third quarter of 2021.
“Strengthen the care and support services for the victims and survivors. This includes decentralization of the care and support services to the lowest community/ village level,” the officials say in the statement signed by Caritas Zambia Project Manager for Child Protection, Conflict Transformation and Peace Building (CTPB) Program, Ms. Matanga Munkonze.
The official who describe the violence against women and girls as a “horrific plight” add that government should provide police officers with more resources to enhance law enforcement and deal with all forms of violence against women and girls.