Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) – United Nations (UN) Joint Programme on Gender Based Violence (2012-2016)

About Project

The Joint UN Programme aims to support the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) to implement the provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), with particular focus on the recommendations on violence against women that are contained in the July 2011 CEDAW concluding observations and the recommendations of the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, its causes and consequences, and to support institutional transformation to facilitate the implementation of the Anti- Gender Based Violence Act 2011 of Zambia. The Primary objective is to establish an integrated and multi-sectoral mechanism for the implementation of the Anti-GBV Act. The Joint Programme aims to: increase the health sector’s involvement in addressing GBV in Zambia; establish appropriate justice/legal systems to effectively implement the Anti GBV Act; scale up social protection systems for prevention and management of GBV, including integrated approaches to economic empowerment of GBV survivors; and establish an effective coordination mechanism for an integrated GBV response in Zambia. The Joint GRZ-UN Programme outcomes are as follows:

Outcome 1:GBV survivors have increased access to timely and appropriate health services;

Outcome 2: GBV survivors have increased access to an efficient justice delivery system;

Outcome 3: GBV survivors have increased access to protection and support services; and

Outcome 4: Ministry of Gender and Child Development has coordinated an effective, evidence-based and multi-sectoral response to GBV in Zambia.

 The Joint Programme is implemented jointly by the International Labour Organization (ILO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and World Health Organization (WHO). UNDP lead provides the overall coordination for the implementation of the implementation of the programme and also the technical lead in the implementation of outcome 2 and outcome 4 of the programme.

 Total Budget: US $15,570,000


 This project was officially signed by the GRZ and UN on 31 July 2012, the project has made some significant accomplishments so which include, support the Government official launch of the Campaign for ‘Zero Tolerance’ to GBV; the convening of adjudicators of statutory and customary law to discuss their role in addressing Gender Based Violence, the Zambian Association of Women Judges (ZAWJ) consultative symposium under theme “Gender based Violence the Way Forward” was held from 22nd to 23rd November, 2012. Whilst the Law Association of Zambia in partnership with the National Legal Aid Clinic held a consultative workshop for local court magistrates and traditional leaders to assess the gaps in the adjudication of GBV cases, this was held in December 2012. Both these consultations brought forward recommendations that are being used to develop programmes for the strengthening of  role of  statutory and customary adjudicators in the handling of GBV cases.


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