About Women for Change
WfC is a gender-focused NGO that builds capacities of rural communities, especially women and girls in order to bring about sustainable development
Vision: A Society that Upholds Gender Equality
Women and girls have increased access and control over productive resources by 2017 ,
Increased access to education and vocational skills for children and youth by 2017
Improved quality of life for women by 2017
Women for Change is an efficient and effective organisation by 2017 .
What is GBV
Gender Based Violence (GBV) is violence aimed at a person or groups of persons based of their gender. It includes rape, incest, indecent assault, spouse battery, assault, torture, use of insulting language, abusive language, property grabbing, failing to provide and depriving beneficiary.
Prevalence in Zambia
18, 088 GBV cases were recorded in 2015 against the 15,153 cases recorded in 2014 .
In 2013, Gender Links said Zambia ranked the highest in SADC in terms of GBV.
Most GBV cases go unreported and unpunished in remote communities due to the high costs and geographical barriers survivors face to reach formal courts and legal system.
Effects of GBV
· Poses danger to a survivor’s reproductive health, scars survivors psychologically and interpersonally,
· Exposes individuals to STIs (HIV and AIDS, TB, Caner),
· Leads to aggression in male survivors and as adults, may beat their spouses,
· GBV is a burden economically to survivors and the nation at large,
· Acute fear, Child malnutrition, Death
Current Government Efforts to Fight GBV
The elimination of GBV is already in the national agenda and formulated into public policies however, despite the enactment of the 2011 Anti-Gender Based Violence Act, violence against women remains persistent in the country.
The Zambian government has enacted the Anti-GBV Act of 2011
It has developed a National Action Plan to Address GBV through the Gender in Development Division.
Current efforts are insufficient to address behavioural changes and social attitudes at the most local levels.
National policies go largely unimplemented in communities, particularly in rural areas, far from the national legal system,
Zambia’s ambiguous legal framework allows customary laws to often override statutory laws in local communities, causing a vast majority of justice disputes in rural areas to be handled outside the sphere of official state laws.
Lack of focus on integrating community perspectives into policy reforms
Services for GBV survivors to access justice are not easily access in rural communities
There are gaps in the law in terms of sanction for some GBV crimes
- Facilitate the participation of citizens in the policy process to increase social accountability and inform and improve policy implementation;
- Deploy an integrated model of justice delivery for cases of Gender Based violence in rural remote areas.
WfC’s Role in Mitigating GBV in Rural Areas
WfC has since 1992 developed a community-led model to promote community especially women and girls’ participation in the development paradigm at community and national levels. Using this model the organization with support from EU funding is mobilizing rural communities to say no to GBV and initiate village-led one stop approaches to increase access to justice for the many survivors in rural areas denied the support due to distance from the government managed support systems. The initiate has involved building community capacity to provide psychosocial support and paralegal services to families dealing with the scourge of violence.
Project Title /Location
Increasing Access to Justice in Rural Areas for Survivors of Gender Based Violence
Central Province: Mumbwa, Kapiri-Mposhi Districts Eastern Province: Lundazi District
Overall objective: Increase access to justice for survivors of GBV victims in rural communities of Central and Eastern Provinces of Zambia.
(1) To facilitate the participation of citizens in the policy process to increase social accountability and inform and improve policy implementation;
(2) To deploy an integrated model of justice delivery for cases of Gender Based violence in rural remote areas.
Target Group 1: 4000 citizens (65% women) from 40 Area Associations (AAs) in the 4 targeted districts;
Target Group 2: 180 traditional leaders in 9 chiefdoms.
Citizens are equipped to make the elimination of GBV a priority in local actions;
National GBV policies are better implemented and aligned with local constraints;
Government actions are complemented to ensure women in rural areas receive justice for complaints of sexual violence, abuse, forced marriage, divorce, custody and inheritance.
1.1 Strengthening Area Associations
(AAs) with civic advocacy and legal skills,
1.2: Engaging Local Chiefs, and
1.3 Increasing legal literacy of Communities.
2.1 Improve customary practices;
2.2 Submitting legal revisions regarding provisions of anti-GBV
2.3 Increasing Downward Accountability.
3.1 Conducting AAs watchdog action,
3.2 Linking victims to support services and
3.3 Conducting Community Radio programmes.