Ireland pledges KR8,900,000 for GBV fight
By VICTORIA PHIRI and MOFFAT CHAZINGWA
IRELAND has pledged more than KR8,900,000 towards the joint programme between the Zambian Government and the United Nations (UN) on gender-based violence (GBV) which will be provided over a four-year period.
Irish Ambassador to Zambia Finbar O’Brien said ending GBV was a central part of Ireland’s development cooperation work as the social, human and economic costs of GBV were a huge obstacle to reducing poverty.
Mr O’Brien said GBV affected millions of people around the world and prevented many, especially women, from reaching their full potential.
He said in a statement released in Lusaka, that GVB was not just a Zambian phenomenon but that it occurred in every country, adding that it was one of the most socially tolerated abuses of human rights in the world.
“GVB is one of the most pervasive but least recognised abuses of human rights,” Mr O’ Brien said.
UN Resident Coordinator Kanni Wignaraja welcomed the contribution, stating that the UN Joint Programme on GBV was developed to support the Zambian Government implement the Anti-Gender based Violence Act of 2011.
“This is a scourge that has to be eliminated and it has to be done through strong policy and laws supported by leaders and a change in attitudes and behaviours that are driven by communities who say ‘no more,” Ms Wignaraja said.
The joint programme aims at contributing to the reduction of GBV in Zambia through the support of survivors and increased health sector involvement in addressing the vice.
The programme also aims at scaling up social protection systems for prevention and management of GBV including integrated approaches to economic empowerment of GBV survivors.
Meanwhile, the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) on the Copperbelt is recording an increase in defilement cases within families.
YWCA Copperbelt region coordinator Sharon Chisenga said in Kitwe that the association was currently handling six cases, all involving biological fathers.