#ICPD25: Governments Doing Lip Service On Ending GBV Against Women and LGBTQ

MOST African governments have progressive policies against gender based violence (GBV) but are failing on implementation, United Nations High Commissioner for Human, Dr Michelle Bachelete has warned. By Michael Gwarisa in Nairobi, Kenya Briefing a panel session on GBV at the ongoing International Conference on Population Development (ICPD) in Kneya, Nairobi, Dr Bachelete said GBV requires urgent attention and political will by governments. It is the state or country’s responsibility to protect its citizens against gender based violence. Violence is so widespread violence everywhere, in rich countries and poor countries.…

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Zim Churches Launch Campaign Against GBV

HEADS of Christian Denominations have called on all faith communities to break the silence that surrounds the epidemic of violence against women and girls under a theme “Speak Out! The campaign, which brought together hundreds of congregants and development partners, was launched at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in the Capital Harare as a precursor to the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence commemorated between November 25th and December 10th, which deliberately concludes on Human Rights Day, as Violence against Women and Girls is a gross human rights…

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Zim Drafts Commitments Ahead Of ICPD Summit

GOVERNMENT ministries, the United Nations family in Zimbabwe and other Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have come up with a number commitments to be tabled at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) summit to be held in Nairobi, Kenya next month. By Michael Gwarisa The development comes amidst calls from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for Zimbabwe to propose achievable and realistic targets which translate into tangible development for various populations in particular youths. Speaking at the ICPD25 Validation meeting in Harare, UNFPA country representative, Dr Esther Muia…

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GBV, The Evil Unfinished Business Stalking Zim

AFTER being confronted by her husband Tobias on countless times over her refusal to return to her parents’ home, Loveness (Not real Names) found herself at the receiving end of unrelenting abuse at the hands of her husband of four years. By Michael Gwarisa As the argument ensued one day, Tobias took an axe and without hesitation struck his wife three times on the head before fleeing the scene. By taking a glance at the oozing blood and the grisly scene of her bludgeoned head, one could conclude that Loveness…

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Every Police Officer Should Get Victim Friendly Training To End GBV

PARLIAMENTARIANS have called on the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) to realign its curriculum and make it compulsory for every police officer to have Victim Friendly Unit (VFU) training so as to increase efficiency in dealing with Gender Based Violence (GBV) cases. By Michael Gwarisa   Speaking during a Policy Makers Dialogue meeting in Harare organised by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), Movement For Democratic Change (MDC) Vice President, Honorable Lynette Karenyi said Integrating VFU training into police training would ensure survivors of GBV get closure and comfort after…

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GBV Cases Against Men On The Rise

THERE has been an increase over the years in reportage of Gender Based Violence cases among males in Zimbabwe owing to immense sensitization of the controversial issue, the Anti-Domestic Violence Council said on Thursday. By Kudakwashe Pembere Despite the figures of women suffering at the hands of abusive husbands being high, statistics taken from the Zimbabwe Republic Police by the council show a rise in men reporting these cases more than women. According to figures announced by the ADVC, there was a 23 percent rise of cases reported by men with…

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Sweden Avails US$6 million for SRHR and GBV Fight

The Swedish Government through its Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency has availed US$6 million to a project aimed at promoting access to inclusive sexual reproductive health and gender based violence information and services in Zimbabwe. By Kudakwashe Pembere The three year project running from October 2018 to September 2021 will be implemented by Plan International and its partners namely Childline, JF Kapnek Trust and Troicare. “As a Ministry, we are particularly excited by the prospects of this project to contribute to the achievement of the goals set out in the…

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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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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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Demystifying Gender Equality

By Michael Gwarisa  SAFAIDS this week hosted a two day symposium dubbed Changing The River’s Flow, a gender norms transformative programme aimed at encouraging young people, both male and female to take part in the fight against gender inequalities and Gender Based Violence (GBV). For years, women across the globe have been pushing for equal rights in the home, political sphere and economy. Going down history, the concept of Feminism has seen a number phases and movements coming into play all in the name of fighting and addressing the imbalances…

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