A non-governmental organisation (NGO) has urged government to regulate the operations of bars and taverns if gender based violence was to be curbed in Livingstone
Non-Governmental Organisation Coordinating Committee (NGOCC) Provincial Gender Liaison Officer Faith Simukoko said the mushrooming of drinking places in residential areas has compromised the fight against gender based violence.
Speaking today during the end of 16 days of activisms against gender based violence, Ms. Simukoko said it was important for government to consider regulating the sale of beer and operations of bars and taverns to end gender based violence against women and children.
“We have noted that beer drinking, especially among men in Southern Province, has continued to perpetuate gender based violence against women and we call upon the Patriotic Front (PF) government to regulate the operations of bars and taverns especially in the Tourist Capital,”she said.
She noted that the fight against the vice will be in vain if appropriate measures are not taken by the government to address the root cause of the problem.
Ms. Simukoko however, thanked government for appointing more women in decision making positions but emphasised the need to allocate more financial resources toward the fight against the gender based violence.
Meanwhile, Provincial Permanent Secretary Ms. Inutu Suba said the domestication of the international protocol on gender based violence will significantly help to reduce gender based violence against women in the country.
Ms. Suba called on all stakeholders to work together as a team to effectively fight the vice.
In a speech read on her behalf by Livingstone District Commissioner Catherine Kawina, the Permanent Secretary thanked all the stakeholders who worked to educate the community on issues pertaining to gender based violence.
The 16 days of activism against gender based violence was held under the theme “Creating peace in the Home for peace in Zambia; United we stand to end violence against women and children”.