THE Non-governmental Gender Organisations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has appealed to everyone, especially women, to desist from taking and sharing pictures that dehumanise and expose their privacy. NGOCC executive director Engwase Mwale has strongly condemned the exposure of nude pictures on social media which had the potential to erode and compromise morals in society. This follows the filming and circulating of a video of a naked woman suspected to be a witch in Chililabombwe. Mwale said NGOCC had been alerted to some “disturbing” nude pictures and videos of a named Kabwe woman, which have since gone viral.
“We would also like to condemn the insensitive filming and circulating of a video of a naked woman suspected to be a witch in Chililabombwe, Copperbelt Province. We are aware that the Zambia Police has a record of this case and knows the culprits who committed this hideous crime and expect that these people will be brought to book,” she said.
She said NGOCC was disheartened and deeply concerned at such wanton trends in abrogating women’s rights and dignity which go further to defeat national values and principles.
“We wish therefore to appeal to everyone, especially women out there, to desist from taking and sharing pictures that dehumanise and expose their privacy. It is important that as a people, women and men, girls and boys, we become cautious of our self-image and self-respect by safeguarding the kind of materials we share on social media and other spaces,” she said.
Mwale said the women’s movement called on government, through the Ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs, to heighten national sensitisation and broad based consultations regarding fundamental principles on human and women’s rights.
She said there was urgent need to take the approach of engaging citizens on mind-set change around upholding Zambia’s national values and principles.