Zimbabwe: Women in peace join world in campaign against GBV

Date: December 14, 2011
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Women for Peace in partnership with Zimbabwe Young Women Network have joined the world in commemorating 16 days of activism as part of the global campaign against gender-based violence.

The commemorations also seek to stimulate a culture that contributes towards advancement of global community. Hundreds of people converged in Harare among them men to witness and get information on issues affecting children, women, youths and the disadvantaged.

This year commemorations are held under the theme, “From peace in the home to peace in the world-lets challenge militarism and end violence against women”.

Celebrations are marked by 16 days of marching and awareness campaigns, which started on November 25 and will end next week Saturday. Women for peace livelihood facilitator, Mr Joao Zangaroti, said their organisation was playing a significant role towards the eradication of gender-based violence.

“Peace begins at home and spread out to the world. Domestic violence has become a topical issue even through outreach programmes and campaigns, people still have conflicts in their homes, workplaces and in the community,” said Zangaroti.

This year’s commemorations focused mainly on the forms and effects of violence on one’s social life after the abuse and solutions.

Community Radio Station is also supporting the event. Mr Zangaroti commended the radio station’s efforts for assisting the minority that are often marginalised to be able to air their views. He also praised local musician Progress Chipfumo for supporting the event.

Chipfumo performed songs like “Mai huuyai”, “Vanochema” and “Hold my hand,” which all talk about violence.

During the 16 days, they will be working towards ending gender-based violence, focusing mainly on women and children with the hope to change the societal beliefs and attitudes.


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