Grant Contract Signing Ceremony for “Promotion of GBV Prevention and Care through Community Empowerment (Phase2)” under the Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects


On 9th May 2024, Ambassador Takeuchi and Ms. Yamaguchi Kazumi, Programme Officer of the Japanese Organisation for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP) signed the Grant Contract amounting up to 533,384 US dollars for the project “Promotion of GBV Prevention and Care through Community Empowerment (Phase2)”, which is funded under the “Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects”.
This three-year project aims to contribute to the prevention of GBV, relief for women survivors and support for their self-reliance by implementing activities such as education on gender equality for local residents, construction of shelters for women survivors of GBV and support systems through vocational training in Kapiri Mposhi District, Central Province.
The importance of achieving gender equality is recognised globally, as is demonstrated as Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the 8th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 8) reaffirmed the importance of supporting gender equality.
In Zambia, 36% of women aged 15-49 and 47% of married women have experienced sexual or psychological violence from a spouse or partner, resulting in a social problem.
In Phase1 of the Project last year, JOICFP constructed a women's centre in Luanshimba District that provides both counselling and health services for women survivors of GBV.  They also conducted awareness-raising and education on gender equality and GBV for local residents. As a result, the residents have expressed their gratitude for the improved access to the support.
In Phase 2 of the Project, the scope of support will be further expanded by building a one-stop centre for shelter and protection of GBV-affected women in Mutaba District and conducting awareness-raising education in the local community.
 The Government of Japan will continue to contribute to gender equality in various ways, including by funding this Project.