By DERRICK SINJELA, HENRY CHUNZA and SAEED SIMON BANDA
Gender Activist Beauty Katebe has noted with concern revelation by the United Nations that every 11 minutes, a woman or girl is killed by an intimate partner or family member around the world.
Ms. Katebe has observed that incidents such as the Headman in Southern Province who recently killed his wife and family members before committing suicide, was evidence of how rife women and girls lose lives in Zambia from intimate partners.
Ms. Katebe has also condemned the recent incident in Chongwe where a son gruesomely killed his own mother in unclear circumstances.
The Gender Activist agreed with the UN’s position that economic challenges brought by emerging issues such as COVID-19 led to more physical and verbal abuse against women and girls.
Ms. Katebe has called on Government and cooperating partners to increasing funding towards organizations championing the protection of women and girls against violence.
Zambia is today commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls under the theme “UNITE: Activism to End Violence Against Women and Girls”.