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16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence: A lot more can be done
Youth Forum
November 26, 2013

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Yesterday, the 25th of November 2013 marked the start of the 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence. As we continue with the activism it is sad to note that in a local daily newspaper it was reported that there is an increase in the cases of rape in Harare with 664 women and girls having been raped in the last 10 months.

As we watch the figures increasing, the sufferers are getting a raw deal. Absence of deterrent justice is like a second rape to them.

As Youth Forum we call upon the House of Assembly to give the nation direction by enacting laws that are very deterrent to would be offenders.

Although acknowledgement of violence against women has been made, at national level through the enactment of the Domestic Violence Act and at international level through treaties such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) as Youth Forum we feel a lot more could be done to curb and reduce the increase of rape cases in the country.

As we continue with the commemorations of the 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence the efforts by the government and inter governmental organizations’ to deter and criminalise violence against women should be complimented by behavior changes and intolerance to violence against women by the entirety of the Zimbabwean society.

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