Community Development and Social Services Minister, DORREN MWAMBA says the country has witnessed a sharp rise in Gender Based Violence cases in communities.

Ms. MWAMBA says the cases have been partly attributed to Drugs and alcohol abuse and harmful traditional practices.

She however says government acknowledges the need to promote safety of the vulnerable group of GBV and Human trafficking victims.

Ms MWAMBA said this in a speech read on her behalf by Ministry of Community Development and Social Services Permanent Secretary ANGELA KAWANDAMI, during the launch of the minimum norms and standards for shelters for survivors and those at risk of Gender Bassd Violence and human trafficking.

She indicated that the country has safety homes for victims and those at risk in Mansa, Chongwe, Sesheke, Lundazi, Mungwi and Chipata districts.

And United Nations Resident Coordinator BEATRICE MUTALI said the guidelines launched will promote expert advice on how best to help victims at the shelters.

The Minimum Norms and Standards for shelters of GBV/HT Survivors are expected to complement the already existing pieces of legislation as well as policies in ensuring that the shelters are operated in accordance with the provisions of law.

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