By Stephen Chadenga
The opposition MDC women assembly managed to take gender based
violence awareness to all the Midlands eight districts during the 16
days of activism, the party’s women assembly chairperson, Catherine
Gozho has said.
Gozho said women in the province were trained to identify and report
gender based violence cases.
“We managed to bring awareness on gender related matters to women in
all the eight districts in the Midlands province,”she said.
“As a party we noted that gender violence in the province particularly
against women and girls goes unreported hence the need to bring
awareness.Victims of gender based violence suffer in silence because
of societal norms.”
The Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises
Development’s development officer for the Midlands Province,
Sithembile Dube recently revealed that artisanal miners were key
drivers of violence against women in the province.
Dube said as of 2018, a total of 1160 cases of GBV were attended to at
the One Stop Centre at Gweru provincial hospital with females below
the age of 25 constituting 95 percent of the victims.
Last year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence were
commemorated under the International Theme: “Orange the World:
Generation Equality Stands against Rape!”.