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against women in all its forms has to end
December 06, 2013
As we continue
to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism against GBV under the theme
“From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s
Challenge Militarism and End Violence against Women!” we proclaim,
that violence against women in all its forms has to end.
Violence appears in various forms, ranging from physical violence,
emotional violence, and sexual violence to economic violence. For
those listed reasons, Gender Based Violence is claimed a serious
case of human rights violation.
In a Zimbabwean
context, a further violence against women, also representing a serious
breach of human rights values is the deprivation and exclusion of
women from social service benefits. This social exclusion takes
place in the deprivation of many segregated and poor women from
access to clean water.
on everyday basis are fighting a peculiar kind of war, enduring
the agony of having no water to take a decent bath. Young and poor
girls cannot access sanitary ware, a commodity accessible to the
rich privileged only.
As stated in
the paragraph 48 of Declaration of Rights of the Zimbabwean Constitution,
every person has the right to life. Paragraph 56 (2) further states,
that both men and women have the right to equal treatment, including
the right to equal opportunities in political, economic, cultural
and social spheres. Thus, based on our constitution, depriving women
from access to water not only constitutes a breach of human rights,
but also of the bill of rights.
It is on this
ground, that we as Youth Forum demand an end to all forms of Violence
and deprivations. Knowing that achieving equality amongst men and
women and ending violent acts against women, is a long process,
we acknowledge that for Zimbabwe it will take more than just a global
campaign charity they say begins at home.
It takes some
honest sisters to go beyond the global NGO rhetoric and agenda setting,
smell the stench at their door steps and say “I have been
violated, enough is enough.”
Let us stop
the violence you are perpetrating against women, men or children.
Let us demand
the police to carry out roles of protecting and addressing GBV in
Let us continue
raising awareness of the Domestic
Violence Act and how it protects victims of violence.
Let us demonstrate
solidarity with women and others suffering gender based violence.
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