NGOCC calls for punitive measures GBV against perpetrators
By Staff Reporter
The Non-governmental Gender Organisations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has called for immediate action to end the escalating cases of Gender Based Violence (GBV).
The call follows the 6,139 cases reported in the second quarter, an increase of 9% from the 5,584 cases reported in the first quarter of 2019 by the Zambia Police Victim Support Unit.
According to the Zambia Police Victim Support Unit 2019 Second Quarter GBV Statistics Report, there were 6, 139 GBV cases reported countrywide.
Child defilement had 583 reported cases in comparison with 734 cases during the same period in 2018 which marks a decrease of 26%.
While a minimal decrease was reported on child defilement cases, NGOCC Executive Director Engwase Mwale called for action by all stakeholders to curb Sexual Gender Based Violence in all its forms.
Mwale called for a coordinated multi sectoral approach to curb SGBV, which will include all stakeholders among them the private sector, the church and civil society.
“During the second quarter of 2018; 6, 074 cases were recorded countrywide against 6, 139 cases recorded in 2019 showing an increase of 65 cases which translates to 1.1 per cent increase. In comparison terms, the just released statistics show a marginal increase in the overall cases recorded by 65 cases (about 1.1%)”, she said.
Mwale said that NGOCC was disheartened and deeply concerned at the rise in the number of GBV cases, which are even resulting in deaths.
She said it was sad to note that more women and girls were the worst affected by the vice and that it was fast becoming a national crisis that was not only causing death but also negatively affecting the productivity of the country.
Mwale said NGOCC is also sad to note that out of the reported GBV cases countrywide, only 604 cases, representing 9.8% were taken to court resulting in 83 convictions, 48 were withdrawn at court representing 8% with 3,104 cases withdrawn at Police Stations.
Mwale said that the NGOCC is however happy to note that more people are reporting cases of GBV.