Government has reaffirmed its commitment towards human rights protection and elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls.
Minister of Labor and Social Security Brenda Tamba Tamba violence against women and girls is a grave violation of rights hence tackling GBV will contribute to human and social development.
Ms. Tamba Tamba further said government aims to ensure it provides empowerment, education business opportunities and so on to ensure violence against women is put to an end.
Speaking at the commemoration of the 16 days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence GBV, under the theme unite activism to end violence against women and girls, the Minister has also urged Zambians to be on the lookout for family and colleagues who may be GBV victims in silence.
“It should also be noted that violence has negative consequences on families, the community and the country at large as it increases cost of health care, legal expenses and leads to losses in productivity,” she said
Meanwhile, speaking the same event the Non-Governmental Gender Organizations Coordinating Council NGOCC called for the operationalization of the anti-gender-based violence stance, through working together as a country in all sectors.
NGOCC said in order to operationalize the anti GBV stance Zambia requires an effective Gender-Based Violence machinery that will help the country narrow the gender gaps.
NGOCC said gender based violence is a crisis hence; there is need for a mechanism to unite Zambians to fight against GBV and scrap the fear among women and girls.