‘Sexual reproductive rights of minors a collective responsibility’

By ZBC Reporter

GOVERNMENT says the protection of sexual reproductive health rights of minors should be a collective responsibility in local communities.

Addressing stakeholders in Bindura this Wednesday at a workshop organised by Real Open Opportunities for Transformation Support Trust (ROOTS) focusing on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights laws on Children, Bindura District Development Coordinator, Mr Richard Chipfuva said it is everyone’s responsibility to speak out against violations regarding children’s health rights in order to protect them.

The issue we are gathered for here is very important if you look at what is happening in Mashonaland Central in general and Bindura in particular. You find that there are shocking issues that are taking place especially involving violations of sexual rights for our minors in terms of sexual abuse, physical abuse, psychological abuse and emotional abuse, he said.

Roots Programmes Officer for Bindura, Sandra Muzama urged stakeholders to have a holistic and explicit child safeguarding policy.

There is a need to train service providers to reinforce the work they are doing around child protection laws after realising that there is a gap in terms of intervention around child protection, noted Muzama.
The initiative comes shortly after the country marked 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence where stakeholders took stock of the success stories and work to be done.

Government is currently crafting legislation aimed at protecting minors against perpetrators of sexual violence, including outlawing early marriages.