Gender and Child Development Minister Nkandu Luo says it is unfortunate that men abuse women when they cannot survive without them.
Speaking when she toured the Ngo’mbe Gender Based Violence Survivor Support Project in Lusaka ahead of Women’s Day which falls on March 8, 2015, Professor Luo urged men to respect women and treat them like human beings.
She said it is high time that men realised that women also have rights which needs to be respected.
Professor Luo said men should learn to treat women like companions according to God’s plan.
She observed that God created a woman from a man’s rib so that she can be beside him in harmony and not to be trodden upon.
The Minister also urged women to change their mind-sets and claim their positions in society if they are to be treasured by men.
Professor Luo said women should not allow men to undermine them but should strive to boost their self-esteem in order to realise their full potential.
And World Vision Gender Based Violence Survivor Support Project manager Mnayando Chisenga said the centre has received over 3,000 Gender Based Violence victims since inception in 2012.
Ms Chisenga appealed to government to allocate them land to construct a bigger facility to house victims especially women to help them recover and achieve self-sustainability.
Government has since declared March 8, 2015 as a role exchanging day where men are supposed to perform women roles in homes.
This year’s Womens Day is being commemorated under the theme Gender is my Agenda; Make it Happen