Government Republic of Zambia(GRZ) and United Nations (UN) Joint Programme launched Gender Based Violence launched

The Government of Republic of Zambia (GRZ) and the United Nations (UN) Launched a four-year GRZ-UN Joint Programme, with a budget of USD 15.5 million, to reduce Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Zambia.

News | 25 September 2012
The Government of Republic of Zambia (GRZ) and the United Nations (UN) Launched a four-year GRZ-UN Joint Programme, with a budget of USD 15.5 million, to reduce Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Zambia.

The programme has two-fold objectives: a) increasing GBV survivors’ access to health services, to efficient justice delivery system and to protection and support services; and b) enabling the Gender and Child Development Division to coordinate an effective, evidence-based and multi-sectoral response to GBV in Zambia. “A visible, tireless advocacy and prevention campaign is needed to stop the alarming incidence of GBV. The fundamental investment must be in schools.

More anti-GBV messaging, mentoring and support in schools is needed, as this is where it all begins,” said Kanni Wignaraja, the UN Resident Coordinator during the launching ceremony.

The Minister of Gender and Child Development, Hon. Inonge Wina and representatives of cooperating partners and other stakeholders expressed their commitment to work on ending GBV in Zambia. Seven UN agencies including, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, ILO, WHO, UNHCR and IOM will work together with the Gender and Child Development Division, the Human Rights Commission, ministries, the House of Chiefs and faith based and Civil Society Organizations to effectively implement the programme.