Do more to curb GBV

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TODAY the world celebrates International Women’s Day under the theme “I am Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Rights”.

This comes in the wake of increasing violence against women and girls in Zimbabwe, with shocking statistics showing that more than 20 girls and women are raped daily.

Statistics show that more than 40 percent of married women in Zimbabwe face marital rape. However, only a few believe that they are being abused.

This goes to show that many women in the country have accepted rape as a social norm.
The government and the civil society should help people to know their rights.

The government should realise that there is more to be done to stop gender-based violence.
There should be government and the citizens’ continuous exhibition of unwavering support for the fight against violence.

It is disappointing though to note the involvement of church leaders in fostering violence against women.
It is saddening to read through stories in the media on how children are being raped and sexually abused for lame excuses, including rituals, cleansing of evil spirits, curing of HIV/Aids as well as alcohol abuse.

A number of factors, among them, culture and religions have been attributed to why a number of minor girls have been raped and we are worried by the growing abuse in faith-based organisations.

It is, however, heartening to note that great strides are being done to curb gender-based violence. Some organisations have roped in popular musicians to help them fight the scourge.
However, more needs to be done to uproot the seemingly entrenched violence behaviour in our society.

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