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CHITREST on 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence
Residents Trust (CHITREST)
November 27, 2013
The Chitungwiza Residents
Trust (CHITREST) joins Zimbabwe and the rest of the world in celebrating
the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
and the ongoing 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence.
These are universally commemorated annually between November 25
and December 10 to raise awareness on gender-based violence as a
human rights issue.
As the world
celebrate this year under the theme "From Peace in the Home
to Peace in the World: Lets Challenge Militarism and end Violence
against Women", CHITREST recognizes the efforts made to improve
the status of women in Zimbabwe such as affirmative action in education,
the quota system in Parliament,
Violence Act, the provision of a Gender Commission and the Zimbabwe
Human Rights Commission in the new charter.
While we acknowledge
the above achievements on paper, the reality obtaining on the ground
is of great concern. Domestic violence is still rampant in our communities
and often goes unchecked. To this end, we call upon the Government
to urgently operationalize the provision of the new charter which
have a bearing on the upliftment of the status of women in our country.
We urge civic society,
law enforcement agents and other critical stakeholders to continuously
monitor the HUMAN RIGHTS situation in the country and to raise awareness
as well as bringing perpetrators to book.
It our commitment as
CHITREST that we will not rest while our dearest 'daughters, sisters
and mothers' are condemned to second class citizen status.
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