Ireland Pledges $1.3 Million, Teams with Zambian Government to Fight Gender-Based Violence

Written by Makula Dunbar

From All Africa

Ireland has pledged more than KR8,900,000 towards the joint programme between the Zambian Government and the United Nations (UN) on gender-based violence (GBV) which will be provided over a four-year period.

Irish Ambassador to Zambia Finbar O’Brien said ending GBV was a central part of Ireland’s development cooperation work as the social, human and economic costs of GBV were a huge obstacle to reducing poverty.

Mr O’Brien said GBV affected millions of people around the world and prevented many, especially women, from reaching their full potential.

He said in a statement released in Lusaka, that GVB was not just a Zambian phenomenon but that it occurred in every country, adding that it was one of the most socially tolerated abuses of human rights in the world.