There are limited places of safety for GBV survivors especially vulnerable children.
In light of COVID 19 spreading across the country, communities, particularly women and girls face high risks need information on SGBV/PSEA as exposure to GBV is high in COVID-19 context and GBV survivor may be at increased risk of COVID-19 infection .
Translation of SGBV tools in refugee languages for community workers in the refugee settlements.
Through the partnership with Lifeline/Childline Zambia 149 boys, 94 girls, 379 men and 252 women received psychosocial counselling and information in the past two weeks.
In the past two weeks, Lifeline/Child-line Zambia distributed 10 handwashing buckets to one GBV stop centres in Lusaka districts.
Due to high risks to GBV exposure among adolescents and women in the context of COVID 19, awareness raising on SGBV/PSEA was conducted in Nachilala and Syambabala communities. A total of 2,400 women of child bearing age were reached with GBV/PSEA messages and referral mechanisms in Gwembe district .
Sector partners procured PPE for GBV service providers including Zambian Police, YWCA and Legal Aid Clinic to ensure continued operations of services and protection of personnel.
Sector partners procured laptops and MiFi equipment for allocation to Zambia Police, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Chiefs and Tradition, National Prosecution Court and National Legal Aid Clinic for Women to ensure continuity of GBV services under Joint Programme on GBV .
In Mantapala settlement, a meeting of refugee leaders and inter agency partners was held to strengthen trust and cooperation towards camp coordination and management and avert rumours on COVID-19 including stigmatization of suspected patients resulting in refugee leaders being more aware of the disadvantage around COIVD-19 stigmatization.
The Lusaka Urban Refugee men’s networks from Chawama, George and Chipata outreach centres embarked on conducting door to door couple counselling on effects of SGBV amid COVID-19 and how to promote and maintain peace and harmony in homes after they noted the growing incidences of intimate partner violence amongst the host communities due to the negative social economic impact caused by the pandemic. A total of 11 couples were reached.
In close collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare, sector partners continued to roll out trainings for Best Interest Determination panels with the aim of ensuring that vulnerable child migrants are identified, and their BI determined especially during the COVID-19 pandemic when children are more vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. During the roll out training COVID -19 prevention measures and messages were shared with the BID panels for Mbala and Nakonde.
Sector partners collaborated with Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services, in commemorating the international day against trafficking in persons on 30 July 2020 under the theme Committed to the Cause- Working on the Frontline to End Human Trafficking.” Due to COVIID -19 and its impact on Front line officers, whose duties bring them in close and frequent contact with members of the public, this year the commemoration of the IDATIP focused on raising awareness on how front-line officers can continue protecting themselves while providing assistance to vulnerable migrants to limit the spread of the disease, the awareness was done through radio and TV.
Due to restrictions on gathering and maintaining social distance, in line with health guidelines in attempt to halt COVID-19 spreading, conducting awareness raising targeting many people is not possible.
In addition, providing information through virtual modalities in remotest communities is impossible because some communities have no access to phone networks.
PPE is required for non-medical GBV responders such as social workers, police officers, prosecutors and others.
Low coverage of COVID-19 messaging among children, however Child protection partners have embarked on sensitizations.
Majority of refugees expressed anxiety at their lack of engaging in meaningful livelihoods to provide for their families due to COVID-19 restrictions and unavailability of work opportunities.
GBV incidence data collection remains a challenge due to absence of national integrated information management system that can be used by the different sector stakeholders.