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days of activism against Gender Based Violence: A lot more can be
November 26, 2013
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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
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.
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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