The Zambia Medical Association (ZMA) today stands with the rest of the world in commemorating 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) under the theme: “Orange the world: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect.” ZMA acknowledges that violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world with no social, economic or national boundaries, undermining the health, dignity, security and autonomy of its victims.
The profession shares fresh memories of losing one of its celebrated Doctors in Dr. Tasila Mercy Tembo under unresolved circumstances of what is alleged to have been a physical and emotional consequence of GBV. ZMA strongly condemns acts of violence especially against women and girls, and calls upon Health Care Workers (HCWs), Law enforcement agencies as well as the judicial system to collaborate effectively and ensure the perpetrators are prosecuted and justice served in a fast track manner. Victims should have an enabling environment to report their abusers while being protected.
ZMA believes women’s right and freedoms are a bedrock of a sound and sovereign nation.
Together we can win the fight against Gender-Based Violence as it resonates with fundamental human rights.
For God and Country!
Dr. Masiku Phiri