Call for Zimbabwe to amend laws against gender based violence

Online desk |  8 months ago | local

Calls have been made for Zimbabwe to amend laws against gender based violence and protection of persons with disabilities.

Addressing a virtual seminar on gender-based violence (GBV) recently, Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development, Parliamentary Portfolio Committee chairperson Chido Madiwa noted that women and children with disabilities are more vulnerable to abuse.

Speaking at the same platform, Southern African Development Community Parliamentary forum director corporate governance, Clare Musonda said there is need for authorities to put in place institutional frameworks that assure victims of GBV will get fair treatment.

Meanwhile at least 60 men and women from various church denominations have completed a three year programme the “speak out campaign” aimed at transforming norms that perpetuate sexual and gender based violence in churches and communities in Zimbabwe.

In an interview on the side-lines of a graduation ceremony in Harare on Saturday, facilitator of the campaign, Katswe Sisterhood programme officer Paidamoyo Muganye, said the initiative will help in alleviating GBV in the country.

Zimpapers radio news also spoke to some of the graduates Emilda Million, Everisto Simbe and Tendai Muyaka, who hailed the programme for being insightful.

The training programme provided graduates with a toolkit for preventing GBV with special focus on religious communities, where victims have been suffering in silence.