WFC programmes coordinator Salome Nakazwe says cases of gender based violence were seen to be of great concern to society despite various organisations raising awareness and devising activities aimed at reducing the vice. WOMEN for Change (WFC) says gender based violence (GBV) is a serious threat to both household and national development.
WFC programmes coordinator Salome Nakazwe told the Lusaka Star in an interview that cases of gender based violence were being seen to be of great concern to society despite various organisations raising awareness and devising activities aimed at reducing the vice.
Ms. Nakazwe said cases of GBV were still rampant as cases of children being defiled and women being beaten were still being reported in the media.
She added it was for this reason that WFC embarked on activities aimed at raising awareness of GBV in communities and sensitizing members of the public about the dangers of gender based violence.
The Programmes Coordinator added that there was urgent need for many organisations to come on board and come up with activities that would help reduce cases of GBV at grassroots levels.
And Ms. Nakazwe called on male GBV victims to report their spouses to the police whenever they are victimised.
“Most male victims are afraid to come forward when they are abused by their spouses. Could this be because of how our society is structured and the different expectations it places on the two different sexes?” she asked.
Ms. Nakazwe added; “This is why WFC conducts Community sensitizations and trainings in the community to raise awareness about the rights of an individual and what a person needs to do if their rights are being infringed upon.”
WFC is a non-profit making organisation that conducts advocacy works against GBV at both community and national level.
Ms. Nakazwe has since encouraged members of the public to report cases of GBV to the nearest police station and urged the media to be proactive in reporting cases of GBV.