NAC advises artists to advocate against GBV

By Staff Reporter


National Arts Council (NAC) chairperson Patrick Samwimbila has urged artists to use their skill to step up their advocacy against gender-based violence (GBV).


And artist Saboi Imboela says the artists should step up their efforts to influence national policies that are designed to eliminate GBV.


In a statement obtained by Samwimbila challenged artists to be duty bearers and partner with government ministries to sensitive people on the evils of GBV.


“Art should not just be seen as entertainment but a medium of spreading vital information. 2019 being a year of art should see many issues of GBV being tackled. Artists can be the mouth piece of government so that they can propagate the national values of respect for one another and respect for gender,” he said.


And in an interview, Imboela commended NAC leadership for meeting with President Edgar Lungu, saying advocacy involved dialogue.


“With both advocacy and sensitisation, the issues of GBV can be significantly reduced as relevant policies will be enacted side by side with community sensitisation. Our women and children have to be protected at all costs,” she said.


She pointed out that even though both men and women experience GBV, statistics show that women and girls experience it disproportionately by virtue of their sex, an indication that a lot of work had to be done in communities to encourage behavioural change.


“Government has a huge role to play in making the arts to be recognised as an economic sector and not just a social one. And with that respect that arts are not just a form of entertainment, comes the full benefit of them being used as a medium of communication for serious messages like GBV, child marriages, teenage pregnancies, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, environmental issues and many others,” she said.