UN calls for strengthened efforts in protecting children's rights

Online desk |  10 months ago | local

United Nations Country Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Edward Kallon has called on authorities in Zimbabwe to strengthen efforts to protect women and children's rights at all levels of society, in line with provisions of the national Constitution. 

In a statement as Zimbabwe today begins to mark 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence (GBV), the Envoy added that perpetrators should be held accountable and called for inclusion of men and boys in programmes seeking to end GBV. 

Kallon also said advocacy should continue to ensure survivors of sexual abuse and GBV receive timely medical, legal and psychosocial services. 

Zimbabwe marks 16 days of activism against GBV under a sad cloud in which two minors aged 8 and 9 were impregnated after being rapped. 

The incidents reflect a growing trend in child abuse cases countrywide.