Construction of provincial one-stop safe house for survivors of GBV underway

By ZBC Reporter

GOVERNMENT has partnered Musasa Project in the construction of a provincial one stop centre where survivors of Gender-Based Violence (GBV)will have access to essential services.

With  GBV cases rampant countrywide, victims often have to negotiate their way to police stations, health centres and counselling service providers to seek help.

This has proved to be a cumbersome process, hence the One Stop Centre concept now adopted by Government where all the services will be offered within the same vicinity.

The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Women’s Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development visited the construction site of the One Stop Centre for Masvingo, where they expressed gratitude to government and its partners for their commitment to deal with GBV cases.

“This is awesome, I am impressed with the massive building, I am impressed by what government is doing. Government is serious about its interventions. Issues of gender-based violence, people never used to take it seriously. When we talk of vision 2030 we need a peaceful community to do that, “said Honourable Chido Madiwa who is the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development.

The construction of the centre, which is situated at Nemamwa Growth Point, begun this month and government officials are upbeat that the project will be completed within the next two months.

This comes at a time when Masvingo has three safe houses in Mwenezi, Bikita and Gutu where survivors of GBV are housed.

However, survivors still have to travel from safe houses to access other essential services.