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By JOSSY CHAIMA YOUNG Women Chris­tian As­so­ci­a­tion Cop­per­belt co­or­di­na­tor Sharon Chisanga has con­demned the ris­ing lev­els of vi­o­lence against women and girls.

In an in­ter­view with the Daily Na­tion yes­ter­day Ms Chisanga said there was so much sub­stance abuse in so­ci­ety which had re­sulted in peo­ple killing each other and women gang raped.

Ms Chisanga said sober-minded peo­ple would not go to those ex­tents un­less un­der the in­flu­ence of sub­stances.

“There is so much im­moral­ity in our so­ci­ety which is why peo­ple are killing and gang rap­ing women and girls. All this is com­ing from the back­ground of sub­stance abuse be­cause peo­ple in their nat­u­ral minds can­not go to such ex­tents un­less un­der the in­flu­ence of sub­stances,” she said.

She said it was sad that al­co­hol abuse was on the rise in Zam­bia with mar­kets sell­ing the sub­stances freely and in broad day light.

Ms Chisanga said it was high time the sale of sub­stances was con­trolled and pack­ag­ing of al­co­hol reg­u­lated and in­ten­si­fied to con­trol the sit­u­a­tion.

She said if cer­tain vices were not con­trolled in so­ci­ety, Gen­der Based Vi­o­lence (GBV) cases would not re­duce.

Ms Chisanga was also con­cerned with the num­bers of women in­volved in the abuse of sub­stances es­pe­cially al­co­hol and sniff­ing of "in­sunko”. She said women must take up their role as moth­ers and not as per­pe­tra­tors of vi­o­lence.

Ms Chisanga said ad­vo­cacy mes­sages from dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers con­demn­ing the vices were clear but peo­ple were pre­tend­ing not to get the mes­sage.

"Women must equally stay away from sub­stance abuse es­pe­cially in­sunku and al­co­hol. They should in­stead take up their role as mother's and not per­pe­tra­tors of vi­o­lence even though in most cases it's in self-de­fence but they should not take the law into their own hands.”

Mean­while Kitwe Teach­ing Hospi­tal Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer Phebby Chi­leya dis­closed that 96 cases of de­file­ment and 44 cases of rape had been recorded at the Hospi­tal from Jan­uary to Au­gust 2017.

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