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16 Days of Activism against Gender based Violence
November 28, 2013
in the home to peace in the world: Let’s challenge militarism
and end all forms of violence against women.
Trust joins the rest of the world in commemorating 16 Days of Activism
Against Gender-based Violence from November 25 to December 10 2013.
This year’s international theme is “…From Peace
in the home to peace in the world, Let’s challenge militarism
and end violence against women…” The theme among other
things, seeks to highlight gender-based violence perpetrated by
state actors, domestic violence and sexual violence during and after
conflict. Therefore, embedded in the theme is the fact that gender
based violence has devastating effects, not only for victims but
the society as a whole.
not been spared of cases of violence against women. These practices
have varied from political and domestic violence, economic deprivation,
sexual harassment, and child marriages to pledging of virgins, which
is advocated for by some religious sects. During the 2008
political violence, 22 women in Mount Darwin were subjected
to politically motivated sexual harassment and more recently, the
arrest and torture of female human rights activists such as WOZA
members and Beatrice Mtetwa. Women suffer the brunt in threefold,
as a mother, a wife and a human rights activist. Gender based violence
not only has an impact on one’s health but also affect the
emotional and psychological well-being.
July 31 elections recorded minimum cases of open violence, it
is the covert forms of violence such as harassment, intimidation,
threats and forced displacements that affected women more than men.
Many families were threatened with unspecified action soon after
the announcement of the election results and women had to suffer
the brunt of relocating and settling in new areas where they had
to help the family adjust and assist children secure new school
places. Zimbabwe has a record of human rights abuses perpetrated
by state actors including members of the army who over the years
have been brutal towards women. The Southern African Development
Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development compels member
states to halve the incidence of gender-based violence by 2015...”
Therefore in order to achieve this, there arises the need for efforts
towards behaviour change because the values one upholds in the private
domain determine their behaviour and attitude in public. When peace
is upheld in the home, it transcends to the community, nation and
into the rest of the world.
begins with you; peace begins with me; peace begins with us all…”
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