STAKEHOLDERS should partner with Government if gender-based violence (GBV) and child marriage are to become a thing of the past, gender activist Gladys Mutukwa has said.
She said there was need for concerted efforts towards ending the vices.
“Everybody has a role to play in this. We should not just leave it to the Government alone to handle. We all need to work together with Government and brainstorm on how we can put all this to an end,” Ms Mutukwa said.
She noted that Government had made tremendous strides in dealing with issues of child marriage and gender-based violence (GBV).
According to the Ministry of Gender, Government has put up various interventions towards the fight against GBV and child marriage in Zambia.
Ms Mutukwa commended Government on its efforts to fight vices which endangered the lives of women and girls.
She said the establishment of GBV fast-track courts, the Gender Equity and Equality Act and engagement of traditional leaders, among others, were some of the efforts that Government had made to enhance the status of women.
“Child marriage and GBV are serious challenges that require political will and on behalf of the women, we are very grateful to Government for making progressive strides towards ending such vices affecting women and girls in Zambia,” she said.
Ms Mutukwa said she was confident that once all programmes that Government had initiated were implemented, the country would see a reduction in cases of GBV and child marriage.