By Josephine Mugiyo
WITH the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence getting underway this Thursday, the United Nations has encouraged stakeholders to continue working hard to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.
From November 25 to December 10 the world will come together commemorating the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.
As Zimbabwe joins the globe in the noble initiative, some of the issues that will be under the spotlight include tackling early marriages which are linked to sexual gender-based violence.
United Nations Resident Coordinator Dr Alex Gasasira commended the strides the Zimbabwean government has made so far in combating gender-based violence
“Despite the challenge, it is also important to acknowledge successes. We take heart in the recent initiative by the government of Zimbabwe, the European Union delegation and the UN in launching the high-level political compact,” said Dr Gasasira.
The Minister of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Honourable Sithembiso Nyoni, who was represented by her deputy Honourable Jennifer Mhlanga said this year’s GBV campaign takes place at a time when there’s an unfortunate increase in early marriages.
“Most disheartening for our country is the increase in the number of girl children being married off at such tender ages as young as 11 years old, this is totally unacceptable.”
Several events have been lined up as part of this year’s commemorations, with the national event being the launch of the Epworth One Stop Centre for survivors of gender-based violence.