A total of 24 000 gender based violence (GBV) cases against women are reported in Zimbabwean annually, a Musasa Project official revealed on Wednesday.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
Speaking at the Men’s Conference officiated by the First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa,Musasa programmes manager Ms Precious Taru said their offices is seized with the shocking thousands of cases of women facing this threat every year.
In 2018 alone, the organisation received 26 000 cases of gender based violence.
At Musasa, the average number of women we have at our centres and safe houses ranges between 18 000 and 24 000 annually.
“About 10 percent of this number report sexual gender based violence,” she said.
She also said most of the perpetrators are relatives to the women and girls raped.
“In our work, we have observed that when women or girls are raped, the perpetrators are the ones close to them. About 60 percent of the cases we have are people they know. It can be the uncle, the neighbor and at times the father. It’s very rare that these people are raped by strangers,” said Ms Taru.
Officiating the event, the First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa encouraged men to stop gender based violence as it seeds an unwanted culture in children.
“We are talking about Gender Based Violence and children in homes. This at times happens in front of the children. Growing up, I was told that the violence should not happen in my face. Now if that happens, the image sticks with me throughout my life. Thus the wishes to have our own happy families are unrealized because what we saw as children might be passed onto us,” she said.