Kalima blasts spousal killings

 

 

 

THE Ministry of Gender has strongly condemned the rising tendency of women killing their husbands and has since called on men and boys to take an active role in the prevention of Gender Based Violence (GBV) and the attainment of gender equality. In a speech read for her by ministry permanent secretary Edwidge Mutale at the launch of the ‘Men Engage Zambia Network (MEZN) in Lusaka yesterday, Ms Kalima strongly condemned the recent killings of spouses by some women in Lusaka. Ms Kalima also called on men to take an active role in the fight against GBV, HIV/AIDS and also contribute towards the attainment of gender equality. She noted that it was mostly women who were in the lead towards the fight against these vices and that men were too reluctant in the fight against gender inequalities. Ms Kalima explained that the launch of MEZN was a step in the right direction because it was aimed at contributing towards the attainment of gender equality, prevention of GBV and reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS in Zambia. “I strongly condemn the rising tendency of women killing their husbands. This tenderncy is getting out of hand.  It is mostly women who are in the lead towards the fight against GBV and gender inequalities, men were too reluctant in the fight against gender inequalities. ‘‘I, therefore, call upon men and boys to take an active role in the prevention of GBV and attainment of gender equality, including reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS in Zambia,” she said. Ms Kalima pointed out that the involvement of men in the fight against GBV would give a better understanding of the predisposing factors around the vice. And Zambia National Women’s Lobby (ZNWL) executive director Beauty Katebe explained that the MEZN comprised 10 organisations aimed at addressing issues to do with gender. Ms Katebe said that the mission of the alliance, which she said was formed in 2014, was to ensure that men, women and children enjoyed the same benefits equitably. She assured that the network would strengthen male voices in the attainment of gender equality and preventing GBV in the country. Meanwhile, Bus and Taxi Drivers Association of Zambia  chief executive officer Stanley Mbewe welcomed the initiative of organisations coming together to fight towards a common goal. Mr Mbewe noted that fighting as a united force would ensure that the desired results were attained and pledged to ensure that bus and taxi drivers, conductors and their spouses were well informed about gender inequalities.