Protect wives, don’t harm them; men told

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The Ministry of Gender and Child Development has called for dialogue in resolving differences between and among people if gender based violence is to be reduced in Zambia.


Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Daisy Ng’ambi told ZANIS in Lusaka today, that there was need for calm in dealing with issues that may result in a fight.


Ms. Ng’ambi said Zambia was a peaceful country hence any acts of violence will not be supported as they do not portray a good picture.


She was commenting on the recent story of a 30 year old woman of Lusaka’s Chainda Township who was badly burnt with hot water by her husband.


Mr. Ng’ambi condemned the violent act and called on men to protect their wives rather than doing harm to their bodies.


Meanwhile, Ms. Ng’ambi has disclosed that preparations for the commemoration of the 2014 international women’s day have commenced and were progressing well.


She said this year’s commemorations were being celebrated under the theme ‘inspiring change, celebrating God’s favour of 50 years of women’s excellence and achievements’.


She said the event will take place in Lusaka’s Showgrounds adding that various committees have already started sitting ahead of the celebrations.


Ms. Ng’ambi said her ministry will during the celebrations also be awarding and recognising deserving women that have contributed to the development of the country.


She said the awards will be in three parts, the first of which will be the pioneer award which will be given to women who have made remarkable achievements.


Ms. Ng’ambi said the second one is an award which will recognise the best female farmers in the country.


She added that the third and last category will be the minister’s choice, which will be awarded to deserving women in the country by the Minister of Gender and Child Development.