Gender Based Violence (GBV) against women is unjustifiable regardless the motive behind it as it hinders the progress and full participation of the victim to contribute positively towards national development. WOMEN for Change (WFC) project coordinator Salome Nakazwe says Gender Based Violence (GBV) against women is unjustifiable regardless the motive behind it.
Speaking in an interview with the Lusaka Star, Ms. Nakazwe said any form of GBV hinders the progress and full participation of the victim to contribute positively towards national development.
She noted that to this effect, WFC has come up with an initiative aimed at sensitising members of the public especially women on the dangers of GBV.
“We have established one stop centres in rural areas which are being run by members of different rural communities. These community centres are also being supported by various government departments in the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education,” Ms. Nakazwe added.
Ms. Nakazwe has since called on members of the public and other stakeholders to come on board and help fight GBV in the country.
And speaking in a separate interview, a marketer at Namilolo Market, Tamara Njovu said a man has the right to discipline his wife if need be.
She however noted that men have to find better ways of disciplining their wives other than engaging in violent activities.
When asked to comment on the recent Cliford Dimba’s alleged GBV case, Ms. Njobvu said; “In our tradition, women are taught to be submissive to their husbands. They must not at any time starve their husbands of conjugal rights. If such a thing happens, the husband is allowed to discipline the wife, but not through violence.”
In a story carried by the Post Newspaper dated Tuesday 21st July 2015, Cliford Dimba aka General Kanene is alleged to have beaten up one of his three wives, Sharon Ngandula, after she denied him sex.
President Lungu pardoned Kanene last week and named him his ambassador in the fight against child defilement and gender-based violence.