A Thigh For For A Bucket: Sexual Abuse Reigns Supreme At Boreholes and Waterpoints In Zimbabwe

THE absence of adequate water and sanitation facilities provides a fertile breeding ground for Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV). In both rural and urban settings in Zimbabwe, girls and women travel long distances to fetch water and, in some instances where ablution facilities are not available, they relieve themselves in the bush, further making girls and young women targets of abuse. By Michael Gwarisa According to the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey of 2019, a sizable number of households in Zimbabwe still lack sufficient Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities…

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Faced With A Bleak Future Post Lockdown, Zim Men And Boys Resort To Twabam, A Highly Intoxicating Brandy

IT’S 8:00 in the morning and due to the prevailing Lockdown, there is not much activity at Kuwadzana 6 Shopping Centre, known as pa Holland. Only a few young men and boys are seen milling around the shopping Centre near the Street Café Wholesale that sales an assortment of alcoholic beverages. By Michael Gwarisa Amongst Street Café’s beverages collection is a locally manufactured brandy, “Saints Brandy” which has a 40% alcohol content and is in the class of illicit brews such as Tambilani, Lawidzani and Msombodiya which dominated the market…

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“Let’s Not Address Health Issues In Silos During Lockdown”

THE National AIDS Council (NAC) Chief Executive Officer, Dr Benard Madzima says the new level four lockdown presents an opportunity for Zimbabwe to correct the mistakes of the first lockdown which saw a sizable number of people struggling to access essential healthcare services. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, Dr Madzima said even though HIV  is still a burden on the country’s health sector, it was critical to prioritise other issues such as Gender Based Violence (GBV), maternal health, access to contraceptives, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR),…

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Enhancing Gender Equality and SRH Appreciation Amongst Boys Through The Brotha2Brotha Program

OVER the years, wide spread research has shown that working with, men and boys as well as women and girls leads to gender equality and contributes significantly to achieving health and development goals. By Michael Gwarisa According to evidence gathered by the United Population Fund (UNFPA), it has been proven that working towards gender equality by empowering women and engaging men  is fundamental to achieving a host of development outcomes, including reducing poverty, improving health and addressing other population concerns. Men’s and boys’ relationships with women and girls can support…

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How Economic Empowerment Project Has Liberated Zim Rural Women From GBV

THE dawn of the lockdown period that was introduced following confirmation of positive COVID-19 cases in Zimbabwe in March this year gave birth to a spike in Gender Based Violence (GBV) cases in the country. By Michael Gwarisa According to a report titled “Violence Against Women and Girls During the Covid-19 Crisis in Zimbabwe” that was gathered by five NGOs working with survivors of gender-based violence, including the Musasa Project, the Adult Rape Clinic and the Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association, there was a sharp increase in domestic violence during the…

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Power Imbalances Continue To Drive Women Into Gender-Based Violence

RESEARCH and reports show that about 94% of gender based violence cases reported between March to October 2020 were against women amidst indications that men still believe in gender norms and traditional harmful practices which usually lead into violation of women’s rights. By Paticia Mashiri There are mainly four forms of gender-based violence which include economic, sexual, physical and emotional abuse while poverty has been identified as a leading cause of GBV. Speaking at a GBV round table dialogue with women in the informal sector which was hosted by Women’s…

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Zimbabwe Sets-Up National Task force To Monitor ICPD@25 Commitments

ZIMBABWE has commenced the process of setting up a National Task-force (NTF) for monitoring the implementation of commitments the country made at the 25th International Conference on Population Development (ICPD@25) that was held in Nairobi, Kenya in 2019. By Michael Gwarisa Through support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Partners in Population Development (PPD) have selected Zimbabwe and nine other countries namely Bangladesh, Morocco, Thailand, Nigeria, South Africa, Indonesia, India, Benin, and Uganda to take further initiatives to continued national consultations through National Task Forces (NTF) for South…

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Tanaka Adolescent Clinic, a huge milestone towards attaining SRHR equality

ACCESS to Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) has been one of the topical issues raised on various platforms. Most Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Zimbabwe have been at forefront of advocating for equal access to SRHR as well as removing the age barriers to accessing services. By Patricia Mashiri recently in Rushinga Many young people from marginalised communities struggle to access SRHR services owing to a myriad of factors chief among them being the absence of youth friendly health facilities which offer young people centred services. As a result,…

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Tertiary Institutions Should Have Clear GBV Policies To Curb Sexual Exploitation- SAYWHAT

THE Students and Youths Working on Reproductive Health Action Team (SAYWHAT) has called on universities, polytechnic colleges, vocational training centers and other in institutions of higher learning to craft Gender Based Violence (GBV) policies in order to effectively deal with incidences of sexual exploitation in tertiary institutions. By Michael Gwarisa Cases of sexual harassment and exploitation have been on the increase in most universities and colleges in Zimbabwe even though there is no consolidated data to back it since most victims of Sexual and gender based violence and sexual exploitation…

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UNFPA To Continue Offering Community Based Solutions To Reduce GBV In Zimbabwe

THE United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has vowed to continue offering community-based mechanisms to mitigate the risk of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa In 2019, UNFPA Zimbabwe focused on expanding safe spaces, distribution of dignity kits and capacity development of GBV sector on prevention and mitigation of GBV in emergency situations. The organization also rolled out One Stop Centres which have also continued to provide critical comprehensive support and services to GBV survivors. According to the UNFPA 2019 Annual Report, they have expanded services to vulnerable…

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