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The Non-governmental Gender Organisations’ Coordinating Council is saddened by the increased incidences of killings related to misunderstandings in relationships.

NGOCC Executive Director Engwase Mwale said the recent killing of 21-year-old Ms Mapalo Masiku, a student at Chitambo Nursing School.

Ms Mwale said the Chitambo incident comes barely a few months after the killing of Dr Tasila Tembo in almost similar circumstances.

She said the two incidences and more go further to epitomize how societal values of love, appreciation, accountability for one’s actions, respect for life, among others have been eroded.

Ms Mwale said it is unacceptable for the country to remain silent while families and relationships are being bogged down in abuses and misunderstandings that are now ending up in fatal loss of lives.

“As the women’s movement, we would like to appeal to families and indeed communities to take seriously aspects of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, especially that which happens between partners.

We notes sadly, that women have remained at the receiving end of violent tendencies as we continue to lose many of them in their productive age groups,” she said

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