Mat North, South men least vi­o­lent against women: Zim­vac

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili Chron­i­cle Cor­re­spon­dent

MEN in Mata­bele­land South and Mata­bele­land North prov­inces are the least vi­o­lent against women in the coun­try’s ru­ral prov­inces, the Zim­babwe Vul­ner­a­bil­ity As­sess­ment Com­mit­tee (Zim­vac) 2016 Ru­ral Liveli­hoods As­sess­ment sur­vey has shown.

The two Mata­bele­land prov­inces recorded the least in­ci­dents of phys­i­cal abuse cases against women at four per­cent each while Mashona­land East and Masvingo prov­inces topped the list at seven per­cent.

“About six per­cent women ex­pe­ri­enced phys­i­cal vi­o­lence and two per­cent ex­pe­ri­enced sex­ual vi­o­lence.

“The high­est pro­por­tion of women who ex­pe­ri­enced phys­i­cal vi­o­lence was in Masvingo and Mashona­land East at seven per­cent while the high­est pro­por­tion of sex­ual vi­o­lence was in Mashona­land Cen­tral and Mashona­land East at three per­cent,” reads the re­port.

The Zim­vac sur­vey noted that seven per­cent of women in the coun­try were be­ing abused by their spouses.

“The most in­ci­dents of phys­i­cal and sex­ual vi­o­lence were per­pe­trated by in­ti­mate part­ners. These in­cluded hus­bands, cur­rent/for­mer boyfriends. For phys­i­cal vi­o­lence it was re­ported hus­bands con­sti­tuted 51 per­cent and for sex­ual vi­o­lence, cur­rent hus­bands and part­ners con­sti­tuted 59 per­cent,” reads the re­port.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, Mashona­land East has the high­est num­ber of spousal abuse cases stand­ing at 10 per­cent while Mata­bele­land North and South have the low­est cases with each prov­ince record­ing five per­cent.

Zim­vac noted that food in­se­cu­rity was cited as a driver of vi­o­lence against women at homes.

The re­port also high­lighted that vi­o­lence against women is a se­ri­ous is­sue in the coun­try.

“In Zim­babwe, vi­o­lence against women is widely ac­knowl­edged to be of great con­cern, not just from a hu­man rights per­spec­tive, but also from an eco­nomic and so­cial per­spec­tive,” reads the re­port — @nqot­shili.

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