JUST IN: More effort needed to end GBV

25 Nov, 2021 - 15:11 0 Views
JUST IN: More effort needed to end GBV


Hazel Marimbiza

Zimbabwe today joins the global community in commemorating the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV). The 16 Days Campaign, whichbegins on 25 November runs up to 10 December every year.

This campaign creates an opportunity for a collective call for the prevention and elimination of GBV, particularly violence against women and girls.

This year’s theme for the Campaign, ‘Orange the World: End violence against women now!’ has seen several organisations calling for immediate action to end violence against women and girls.

Young Women’s Development documentation and advocacy officer Tinotenda Chihera said very often women were under attack so it was crucial to increase efforts in ending GBV.

“Women don’t feel safe so there is a need to keep on reiterating that GBV should not happen especially when we are looking at the theme, ‘Orange the world: End violence against women now! You will realise that from the theme it has an exclamation mark intended to show the urgency for GBV against women to be stopped,” said Chihera.

Fathers Against Abuse co-founder Alois Nyamazana in his solidarity message at ending GBV said most married women were abused because some men think paying lobola was equal to buying a woman.

“Most men feel that by paying lobola it’s an automatic license to get sex whenever they want it. Some men also feel that they have the right to control women. They then view the women as minors. But lobola is just a way of strengthening relations between two families,” said Nyamazana.

In order to end GBV, Mitchele Gumbo, a social commentator said it was important for abusers and those who have been abused to seek therapy.

“Abusers themselves have mental health issues. So for those who have been abused or those who are abusers they need to take mental health issues seriously and probably go for therapy. In a nutshell people should seek professional help, if they don’t get it in religion they should pay therapists,” said Gumbo.



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