Muchinga responds to GBV fight
Chinsali, September 18, 2014, ZANIS….An anti- Gender Based Violence (GBV) Task Force is to be constituted in Muchinga province soon to provide a multi-sectoral response at all levels.
This came to light during a meeting held in Chinsali yesterday for the formation of the anti GBV task force and pre-testing of the Bemba version of the anti GBV Act number 1 of 2011.
Muchinga Permanent Secretary (PS) Bwalya Ng’andu said in a speech read on his behalf by Chinsali District Administrative Officer (DAO) Alex Sinkala that the task force was part of the institutional structure for implementing the anti GBV Act .
Dr Ng’andu said the main objective of the task force will be to bring together key stakeholders to provide a multi-sectoral response to GBV at all levels.
He said the task force will constitute members from government departments, civil society and non-governmental organisations, the private sector and cooperating partners.
The PS added that going by the number of GBV cases being reported, it was evident that the number is increasing across the country, a situation which is of great concern to the government of the day.
Dr Ng’andu further urged the Law Enforcement Agencies to handle GBV cases quickly and not to delay as the crimes were not ordinary.
He added that the anti GBV Act itself calls for everyone not to tolerate GBV with the excuse of it being a domestic or marital issue.
The PS further called upon men experiencing GBV in silence to come out and report the issues adding that failure to reportwas a crime.