GBV cases on the increase in Livingstone

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Livingstone Town Clerk, Vivian Chikoti has expressed concern over the high number of Gender Based Violence (GBV) cases that go unreported in the tourist capital.
Ms Chikoti noted that Livingstone was among the districts in Southern Province with GBV cases that were constantly rising with the majority of the victims being women and children.
She said this development needed to be addressed urgently, through sensitization in communities as that is where most GBV victims were found.
Ms Chikoti said this in Livingstone today when she officiated at the Gender and Anti-Gender Based Act Training at New Fairmount Hotel organized by the Non-Governmental Organisation Coordinating Council (NGOCC).
She commended the NGOCC for launching the Gender Based Violence Data Management and Coordination Project last December, which would be piloted in Livingstone for a period of one year.
Ms Chikoti was confident the project would address challenges the district was facing in curbing GBV and collecting and storing data on the detrimental vice.
And NGOCC Provincial Coordinator for Southern and Western Provinces, Faith Simukoko, said the media played an important role in addressing GBV issues and as such needed to be trained so they could get an insight into the Anti-GBV Act.
Ms Simukoko said it was through the media that people would know what action to take when faced with violent situations.
She was hopeful that after the training, a consortium of civil society organizations and government departments would be formed to scale up efforts of fighting GBV in communities.