Zambia Barometer 2013: Chapter 5 Gender based violence

Date: November 25, 2013
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Key points

  • Citizens scored government’s performance at 73% based on perceptions of progress made against the GBV targets set for 2015 in the SGP. This places the country at number five out of the 15 SADC countries.
  • The Violence Against Women (VAW) Baseline Study has been piloted in four districts of Zambia: Kitwe, Mansa, Kasama and Mazabuka.
  • Of the six countries where the VAW Baseline Study has been conducted, Zambia has the highest lifetime prevalence with 89% of women in the four districts having experienced some form of GBV and 72% of men admitting to perpetrating some form of violence.
  • About 29% of women reported experiencing non-partner rape in their lifetime while a higher proportion of men, 31% said they had perpetrated rape.
  • Zambia is the only country in the region with an Anti-Gender Based Violence Act.
  • The process to set up a forensic laboratory has commenced. Victim Support Unit (VSU) officers have been trained to collect forensic evidence.

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Sara Longwe says:

The 2012 GBV pilot survey finding of high percentage of women’s (89%)lifetime GBV experience and men’s (72%) GBV perpetration is factual because the newspapers all contain at least one GBV court case per day. This will take a while to change as currently the Anti-GBV Act is not yet being used by courts because the court-rules are still being drafted. It beats me that there is over a year gap between the enactment of the Act and formulation of the court-rules other than speculating that the former was done for show-casing only!

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