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SECOND ANNUAL SOUTHERN AFRICA LOCAL

GOVERNMENT AND GENDER JUSTICE


SUMMIT AND AWARDS
28 – 30 MARCH 2011
KOPANONG HOTEL, JOHANNESBURG,
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SOUTH AFRICA
“365 DAYS OF LOCAL ACTION TO END GENDER
VIOLENCE: HALVE GENDER VIOLENCE BY 2015”

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GBV
DOES THE INSTITUTION HAVE A
GENDER AND GBV ACTION PLAN
(PROVIDE EVIDENCE)
• The Zambia Police Strategic
development plan 1995-2000 which has
been subject to revision thereafter
Response

• The Inspector General of Police’s Annual


Plan setting out priorities and
objectives for each financial year
• National Development plan to integrate
gender in all areas (Gender Policy)

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WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF BUY IN AND
INVOLVEMENT OF MANAGEMENT AND
POLITICIANS
• High existence of political Will on both government
and management which has shown total commitment
by enacting the laws deal GBV perpetrators like
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Human Trafficking Act, Amendment Act of the Penal


Code, Matrimonial clause Act and the Gender Bill
currently in Parliament .
• Police Amendment Act No 14 of 1999 which back the
VSU in dealing with GBV issues
• Placing Gender Focal Point persons at all Ministries
and Institutions in the country

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IS THERE A HIGH LEVEL GENDER
CHAMPION?

• Senior management of Victim


Support Unit (VSU) are the
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champions.

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HOW DOES THE INSTITUTION ENSURE
THAT PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT ANY
GENDER AND GBV INITIATIVES AND
ACTIVITIES?
• Through awareness and sensitization
programs on both print, electronic
media and visitations in villages,
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compounds, workplaces, churches,


learning institutions and market places

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ARE GENDER AND GBV CONCERNS AND
RESPONSIBILITIES FOR BOTH WOMEN
AND MEN? HOW ARE THEY INVOLVED?
• Police Officers both males and females are selected after under going
special training such as Counseling, Gender Studies and Human Rights
to serve under the Victim Support Unit
• Awareness and sensitization campaigns which cover both men, women,
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boys and girls


• Formation of Women Network at all provincial and district levels of the
police. Male officers are also involved
• Formation of Men's Network of which am a member

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ARE THEIR DEDICATED RESOURCES,
INCLUDING HUMAN AND FINANCIAL
RESOURCES FOR GENDER
MAINSTREAMING?
• Human resource is provided at all
police stations and some police
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posts dealing directly with


survivors.
• Monthly allocation for pro-active
programs like awareness and
sensitization campaigns in
communities, churches, schools,
market and work places.
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MONITORING AND EVALUATION

• Data is collected analyzed and


verified from all police stations,
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police posts and combined


response centers countrywide

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WHAT RESULTS HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED?

• Positive response from members of the public, civil society


and cooperating partners who have reported these cases to
the police
• 20 VSU officers have been trained in GENDER Studies at
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Evelyn Hon College


• 20 VSU have been trained in Human Rights
• 20 VSU officers were trained in counseling from 2008-2009 at
Chainama College of Health Sciences
• 20 VSU officers are undergoing counseling training at
Chainama College of Health Sciences
• Police adopting a 30% of women representation in the police
service with a 50% + recruitment done this year in February .

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Officers in GBV
IMPACT (BASED ON THE SADC
PROTOCOL TARGETS)
• In explaining the SADC protocol the police has
implemented the:
• 30% involvement of women and we are rallying
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towards 50%
• Women officers taking part in annual events of
women’s day and 16 days of GBV activism
• 30% of Women officers taking part in peace keeping
missions where GBV is at its peak

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SUSTAINABILITY AND REPLICATION

• Continuous, government driven


with high political will
Response

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LESSONS LEARNED

• There is still a lot of education needed to be


done as some quarters of society still feel it’s
a Unit which favors women (negative thinking)
Response

• The community has perceived the police as a


cage but VSU is there to help lift a burden in a
survivor
• We have learnt to have a spot for everyone
walking into VSU because it is not always
about ‘arresting’

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ROSEMARY LONELEMA SAKALA
ZAMBIA POLICE SERVICE
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LUSAKA DIVISION COORDINATOR


VICTIM SUPPORT UNIT
CELL NO +260 977992731
E-mail- sakala.rosemary@yahoo.com

ANY QUESTIONS?
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