GBV cases up in Mid­lands

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­tience Mut­siwi

A TO­TAL of 446 Gen­der Based Vi­o­lence cases (GBV) have been recorded so far in the Mid­lands prov­ince.

The Min­istry of Women’s Af­fairs, Gen­der and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment, Mid­lands Pro­vin­cial De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer, Mrs Sithem­bile Dube, said there was a need for con­certed ef­forts to curb the surge of GBV cases in the prov­ince.

Mrs Dube said from Jan­uary up to Septem­ber this year, they recorded 443 cases of GBV com­pared to 339 cases that were recorded un­der the same pe­riod last year.

She said of the 446 cases, 23 were male victims who had been as­saulted by women.

“So far from Jan­uary up to now we have re­ceived 446 cases of gen­der based vi­o­lence, of which only 23 are male victims,” Mrs Dube said in an in­ter­view on the side-lines of the 4th Quar­ter Pro­vin­cial Gen­der Based Vi­o­lence Co­or­di­na­tion meet­ing held yes­ter­day.

She said it was un­for­tu­nate that there was a surge in GBV cases at a time when they were cam­paign­ing to re­duce the cases by 50 per­cent by the year 2020.

“Our aim is to re­duce gen­der based vi­o­lence by 50 per­cent by the end of 2020. We have de­ployed teams in ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas to ed­u­cate peo­ple on how to han­dle cases of gen­der based vi­o­lence and where to re­port the cases,” said Mrs Dube.

She said women are the most vul­ner­a­ble com­pared to men.

Mrs Dube said they have ex­tended their cam­paign to raise aware­ness about gen­der based vi­o­lence as a hu­man rights is­sue at lo­cal, na­tional, re­gional and in­ter­na­tional lev­els.

“We have ex­tended the 16 days cam­paign against gen­der vi­o­lence to 365 days in an at­tempt to raise aware­ness about gen­der based vi­o­lence,” she said. — @ patiemt­siwi

Min­is­ter Supa Mandi­wanzira

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