72 GBV cases reported at Mpika center
Mpika, November 28, 2014, ZANIS…The Mpika District One-Stop-Center has recorded 72 cases of gender based violence and sexual abuses within a month of being opened.
The Center was opened last month on October 8.
Mpika District hospital Doctor in-charge Emmanuel Mukandila confirmed to the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Mpika today.
Dr Mukandila said cases of gender based violence against women were high in rural areas but are rarely reported to the hospital and police station for fear of lose their marriages.
Dr. Mukandila said victims of GBV are being forced to reconcile with their spouses based on marriage myths.
And psycho-socio counselor at the One -Stop Center Clement Miti told the District Gender Focal Point chairperson Kaweme Mumbi who visited the institution that the center was opened on 8th October this year and has already recorded 72 cases within a month.
Mr. Miti explained that defilement cases are highly recorded from TAZARA compound and attributed this to peer pressure and illicit beer drinking coupled with dagga smoking.
He also complained that cases to do with wife or husband battering are taking too long to be reported which is posing a challenge to the police to prosecute them.
And District Gender focal point chairperson Kaweme Mumbi has called for concerted efforts from stakeholder towards fighting GBV and sexual abuses.
Mr. Mumbi said it was time to break the silence on GBV cases which have become a source of deaths in the area resulting in children being left orphaned.
Mpika District has joined the rest of the country in commemorating 16 days of Gender activism under the theme:” Peace from Homes to peace in the Nation: stop Gender Based Violence, empower women and men.”