Women’s League worry over gen­der based vi­o­lence

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THE Zanu-PF Women’s League has ex­pressed con­cern over an in­crease in Gen­der Based Vi­o­lence (GBV) against women say­ing dishar­mony in homes con­trib­utes to­wards a dys­func­tional so­ci­ety.

The Women’s League state­ment fol­lows re­cent sta­tis­tics re­leased by Gen­der Links show­ing that about 68 per­cent of women in Zim­babwe have ex­pe­ri­enced GBV in their life­time, mak­ing the coun­try a na­tion with the third high­est preva­lence rate of abuse against women in the Sadc re­gion.

In an interview, the deputy sec­re­tary for Women’s League, Cde Nomthandazo Eu­nice Moyo, said the party’s women’s wing has dealt with sev­eral cases of women and child abuse which were af­fect­ing the so­cial fi­bre.

Cde Moyo, who is also the Min­is­ter of State for Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs in Bu­l­awayo, said the Women’s League was ad­vo­cat­ing for the strength­en­ing of tra­di­tional courts and in­volve­ment of com­mu­nity el­ders in­fight­ing abuse.

“Safety nets such as the el­derly and tra­di­tional courts should be em­pow­ered to ad­dress is­sues of men who abuse women and chil­dren. For in­stance a man can beat his wife for be­ing preg­nant, say­ing he is sus­pi­cious that he could not be the re­spon­si­ble fa­ther,” said Cde Moyo.

“How can you deny re­spon­si­bil­ity when you’re stay­ing with your wife? Those are some of the cases that we deal with. We then ask our­selves what kind of re­la­tion­ship you want to have with your wife. All those is­sues we believe can be ad­dressed by the tra­di­tional courts who can give di­rec­tion on how to treat these is­sues.”

Cde Moyo said chil­dren who are born in abu­sive homes end up be­com­ing so­cial mis­fits while chil­dren who grow up see­ing their par­ents fight­ing end up em­u­lat­ing their vi­o­lent na­ture.

“Some of the male chil­dren end up be­ing vi­o­lent think­ing that the only way to live with a woman is abus­ing her. The fe­male ones also end up liv­ing a life of vi­o­lence al­ways fight­ing among other women be­cause they didn’t ex­pe­ri­ence peace in their fam­i­lies. All these things be­come a prob­lem in fab­ric man­age­ment of life,” she said.

Cde Moyo said the Women’s League was also ad­vo­cat­ing for the con­struc­tion of schools and health cen­tres closer to com­mu­ni­ties.

She said long dis­tances were a ma­jor hin­drance to ac­cess to so­cial ser­vices which are en­shrined in the coun­try’s Con­sti­tu­tion.

“For in­stance the Govern­ment has con­structed many schools but there is still that el­e­ment of dis­tances that we’re cry­ing about. Ed­u­ca­tion and health, those are so­cial is­sues that cre­ate and de­velop a per­son. These fa­cil­i­ties should be put closer to peo­ple,” Cde Moyo said. @nqot­shili

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