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Gender based violence spark debate

Mon, 15 July 2013 01:24
by Aurelia David

The debate on the prevalent gender based violence (GBV) against women and children dominated proceedings last week in Parliament as several MP’s joined in on the discussion.
The motion was tabled by Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration; Pendukeni Ivula- Ithana and was resumed by Minister of Presidential Affairs Albert Kawana, who stated that men are also victims of domestic violence.
He said men are rather afraid to report the incidences because of fear of how they might be perceived by society.
Kawana further stated that cultural constraints force men to endure domestic abuse in silence.
Kawana was interrupted by Ivula- Ithana who made it clear that the debate was about gender based violence against women and children and not men and that he was free to create a motion for violence against men if he so wished.
Member of Parliament Becky Ndjozo-Oze also joined in on the debate, saying that more research should be done in order to determine the root causes of the violence.
She also called for the return of religious moral education in schools and for the limitation of shebeens and the deployment of more social workers into the communities.
Ndjoze-Ozo cited the importance of molding the boy child as early as possible.
“We should tell our boys that it is ‘ok’ for women to be providers in a house hold, bend the tree while it is young or it will surely break when it’s old,’ she said.’
But as the debate was set to resume on Thursday, Speaker of Parliament Theo-Ben Gurirab announced that the Zambian Parliament had invited the Namibian Parliament for a soccer match to be played in Zambia on a date still to be determined.
He urged the MP’s to prepare themselves accordingly for the match.
There were no formal  proceedings for the day as the speaker adjourned House due  to a lack of quorum.
Gurirab adjourned the House and the members are expected to resume the debates on 10 September after the recess.
The move that was greeted by surprised looks from the majority of  MP’S, with no questions asked.