The Lusaka Women’s Fellowship of the Local Council of Churches (LCC) donated goods worth over K3,400 to Lusaka’s Chimbokaila Prison male section to commemorate the year 2014, 16 days of activism against gender based violence. LCC Chairperson Joyce Banda explained that the women felt the need to donate to the male section of the prison after a needs assessment was undertaken.
Mrs Banda described the gesture as an act of love adding that the items presented to the inmates which included sugar, toilet paper, petroleum jelly and 100 blankets will go a long way in helping the inmates. The 16 Days of activism against gender violence is an international campaign commemorated annually from 25 November to December 10, and the 2014 theme was “From Peace in the Home, to Peace in the Nation: Stop GBV, Empower Women and Men”. The gender desk of the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) lined up various activities in commemorating the 16 days of activism which included the donation of various items to the prison, sports activities and a gender training workshop. The week was launched during a church service held at the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka on 25th November, 2014.