GBV awareness for Manicaland amid increases in reported cases

By Mercy Bofu
THE Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development, has joined hands with other organisations in rolling out a sensitisation program on Gender based violence (GBV) in Manicaland amid an increase in the number of such cases during this lockdown period.
Those who spoke to ZBC News welcomed the move saying there is need for such awareness campaigns during the lockdown period when families are spending more time together.
” This initiative is a good move because people are not used to being together like this so they are most likely to fight more.”
“There are so many challenges that are faced when people are confined in one place for a long time so this is a good move.”
Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development, Manicaland Provincial Development Officer, Mr Munyaradzi Rubaya spoke on the objective of the initiative.
“Our aim is to ensure that there is peace in the homes during this lockdown hence the need to educate the public. This is going to be done throughout the province as we aim to go district by district,” he said.
Manicaland Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba said the programme has come at an opportune time as families need to be tolerant during lockdown period
” This is a difficult time and being confined in one house as a family can be challenging, however, we do not want violence that is why as the chairperson of the Provincial COVID 19 Task Force I have taken the lead in educating people on GBV,” she explained.
Domestic violence is the most common GBV crime being reported with 49% while cases of rape are at 28%.
83% of the GBV cases are taking place in the home.

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