—————–Government has called on both men and women to work together in fighting gender inequality in the country.
Transport Works and Supply Minister Yamfwa Mukanga said this when he addressed hundreds of women during the International Women’s Day-IWD held at Kasama stadium today.
Mr. Mukanga said for the country to attain gender equality it is the duty of courageous citizens to work together in realizing its importance in national development.
The Transport Works and Supply Minister added that women should not be made to carry the burden of fighting for gender equality by themselves.
Mr. Mukanga revealed that government is implementing several programmes to bridge the gap between men and women, boys and girls.
He said these programmes are to curb Gender Based Violence (GBV) and are being addressed through advocacy and addressing issues of poverty among women.
He further said government through the Ministry of Gender and Child Development is implementing various projects such as “Women at Work” and “Boys to Men” which are aimed at building capacity for all women in taking up more leadership roles at all levels of society.
And speaking at the same function, Northern Province Chairperson for Non-Governmental Organization Coordinating Council (NGOCC) Theresa Khumalo bemoaned the increase of gender based violence cases in the nation.
Ms Khumalo said the judiciary and society should undertake an audit of the punishment system of perpetrators of defilement.
She said despite the long custodial sentences, cases of defilement are on the increase as from the figures recently revealed by the Inspector General of Police.
Ms. Khumalo urged government to begin the domestication of the SADC and AU-protocols on gender.