East YWCA calls for emancipation of women, children

By Staff Reporter

The Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) says there is need to eliminate the problems faced by women and children.

Speaking to journalists in Chipata YWCA Eastern Province Coordinator Dorothy Ndhlovu said as the world commemorates 16 Days of Gender Activism, which starts on Monday, it was important to prioritise the emancipation of women and children economically, physically, emotionally and  politically.

“Our organizations is aware of some of the problems women are going through such as wife battery, rape, defilement, child neglect and many more. The 16 Days of Gender Activism will run from 26th November, 2018 to 10th December, 2018 and its main purpose is to remember those women who have suffered at the hands of men as well as interventions that can be put in place in order to bring about peace between men and women,” said Ndhlovu.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Development Programs (UNDP) has expressed concern with the alarming statistics of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in eastern province and the country at large.

UNDP economic advisor Colleen Zamba expressed shock that the region recorded 73 defilement cases in the first quarter of 2018, stressing the need for action.

Zamba said it was important that victims of the gender based violence received justice while the perpetrators were punished.

“The Universal Declaration of Human rights dictates that everyone has a right to liberty and life, hence the introduction of such initiatives as the constructing of fast track court. UNDP is confident that the intervention taken to construct the fast track court will change the lives of people of Chipata,” said Zamba.