Meet Nalishebo from Zambia.
Nalishebo Kashina is a 20 year old student at the University of Zambia who, alongside other women and men on campus, has decided enough is enough. They’ve come together to challenge the violence they see every day against female students – and are calling for us to all stand up and join them.
“In Zambia, the belief that men are superior to women has been accepted by society for a long time. This means that the sexual violence that female students face at my university is hard to challenge. Some men can feel they can do anything to us without any consequences. But a group of us – men and women – don’t think this is right, and we’re working to fight back.
I hope that in the future, women and girls in my country will have the same opportunities as men, with more women taking senior jobs and becoming successful. Why is it acceptable to condemn the way we dress? We should be free to not live in fear from men.
I hope we can bring violence against women and girls to an end finally. The main thing is that we all come together – just like we have at university – to speak against this violence that’s happening. I’m calling for people to stand up and speak out against the violence. Men need to stand up too and say that violence against women and girls is not acceptable – in institutions and in the whole of our country.”