Gender Violence Survivors Find Hope In Safe Shelter

THE road leading to Hauna, a fruits and horticulture farming community in Honde Valley in the Eastern Highlands, is one long, winding and treacherous one.   By Michael Gwarisa recently in Hauna Honde Valley Through the mountainous and rugged terrain, the dark tarred road wriggles its way through the countryside from Nyanga, passing through some sloppy curves and escarpments. Owing to the high altitude, the sense of hearing somehow fades midway through the mountains while the light rain showers randomly spit from all directions. In the Banana, Sugarcane and fruit…

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Of Adolescent Mothers and Maternal Complications

ZIMBABWE is still struggling to cope with growing cases of maternal deaths and complications with statistics indicating that young girls aged 10 to 13 being the biggest victims.   By Michael Gwarisa According to the UNFPA National Adolescent Fertility Study of 2016, in Zimbabwe the fertility for adolescent women aged 15-19 years was 115 births per 1,000 women of the same age in 2015. The report also indicated that although fertility  rates  among  women  aged  20  years  and  above  in  Zimbabwe  have  fallen  over  the  last  two  decades,  adolescent  pregnancy …

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TelOne Launches Girls Empowerment Initiative

ZIMBABWE’S telecommunications giant, TelOne has launched TelOne QueenMakers, a year long girls mentorship program aimed at empowering  high school girls with basic life skills.   By Michael Gwarisa The program is also part of TelOne’s corporate social responsibility programs which will see not less than 200 girls from around the country experience a real working environment scenario under the guidance of mentors from various fields of expertise from within TelOne. Speaking at the official launch, TelOne managing Director, Mrs Chipo Mtasa said the program would fo a long way in…

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Zim Cholera Prevalence High In Women

THE prevailing cholera epidemic which according to latest statistics has recorded 6533 suspected cases and 35 deaths wears a gender face according to the Harare City health department with preliminary figures indicating a 51% prevalence rate in women against 49% in men.   By Michael Gwarisa Giving an update on the epidemic, Harare City Health director, Dr Clemence Duri said there was a conspicuous infection discrepancy between men and women amidst indications that the first cholera death which was recorded at Beatrice Infectious Disease Hospital (BDIH) was a 25 year…

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How to use a Butterfly Menstrual Cup

The Butterfly Menstrual cup is made from 100% medical grade silicone and is designed to be worn internally.   To insert the Butterfly Cup simply fold it into a C shape fold and insert it into the vagina. Some ladies prefer to squat down to insert the cup or put one foot on the toilet or even lie down. There is no right or wrong position and you should use which ever suits you and your body. The Butterfly Cup should sit high enough that you cannot feel it but…

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The Power of Virginity

In Zimbabwe there are many myths around the subject of virginity and menstrual blood. By Hazel Stede The Myths: 1 Some people believe women should not walk among the cattle when they are menstruating as they may cause the cattle to lose their skin. 2 A woman must not put salt in the cooking or someone may get sick. 3 Women, when they are menstruating are unclean and not permitted to attend certain gatherings or church services. 4 If a man sleeps with a woman when she is menstruating, his…

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Zim Female Prisons A Ticking HIV Time bomb

…a single glove is inserted into more than 10 women’s privates to search for hidden objects …HIV in female prisons is more of a hygiene issue than it is sexual …Drug adherence a challenge due to stigma in prisons IT’S already been two years since Nkazana (not real name) left Chikurubi remand prison but gory memories and gustily images of her horrific experiences behind bars are still as clear and vivid as daylight. By Michael Gwarisa  Apart from the poor nutrition, living standards and social welfare issues inmates experience daily…

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Men Cant Be Trusted In The Fight Against GBV- Women Rights Groups

WOMEN Rights organisations representatives at the two day SafAids Symposium on Best Practices in HIV and Gender Based Violence (GBV) Prevention and Gender Norms Transforming Regional Linking & Learning, say men can not be trusted as partners in the fight against GBV and there was need to put them under check. By Michael Gwairisa This however is despite increasing  calls for male involvement and mainstreaming men in the GBV war so as to break the barriers patriarchy has installed in society. Women Action Group, Zimbabwe director, Edinah Masiyiwa said there…

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Childline Records 30% Child Sexual Abuse Cases

CHILD Rights organisation, Childline Zimbabwe says it received 14 000 cases of child abuse over the years and 30 percent of the cases were sexually related. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing Journalists, Childline Mashonaland Helpline Officer, Maureen Kambarami said most cases reported through their Helpline are child sexual abuse cases and indications are that 90 percent of these offenses are committed by either a parent, guardian, teacher or anyone they know. “Sexual abuse throughout the years, comes as the most reported form of abuse dating back from inception even. This could…

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Chiefs Want Punitive Powers Over Child Marriages

MIDLANDS Province’s Chief Muhumbane said traditional leaders and chiefs must be granted powers to punish child marriages offenders if the prevailing surge in child marriages cases is to be nipped in the bud. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a Chief’s Indaba in Gweru, Chief Muhumbane said there was conflict between customary law and criminal law and as a result, chiefs were battling to combat Child marriages. “Your excellency, we ask that there be clarity on issues of customary law and criminal law. Many a timers, you find that offenses are…

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