Inequality in economic opportunities expose women to GBV – Kangwa
By Staff Reporter
OPPOSITION Socialist Party in Chingola district says poverty, injustice, inequality in economic opportunities expose women to gender-based violence (GBV).
Speaking to Newsdayzambia.com on the International Women Day commemoration, party coordinator Joseph Kangwa said women deserved a special place in society.
Kangwa said women remained an epicentre of the revolutionary struggles in any society.
“It’s sad indeed to observe that our country called Zambia systemically entrenches gender inequality which is a setback to the women folk as regards empowerment thereby taking away their natural rights. Unfortunately, this exposes them to gender based violence. Majority women and girls in this nation are experiencing physical and sexual violence both in private and public spheres due to high level of poverty, injustice and lack of job creation,” said Kangwa.
He said the struggle to end GBV was not just for the victims but for all because it had serious consequences on society.
“I am appealing to the PF government and all the people of this country to embrace gender equality in all the areas of social, economic and political spheres by giving equal opportunities to all regardless of their gender,” he said.
Kangwa said it was difficult to develop a country without full participation of women.