Minister of State for Midlands Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Senator Larry Mavhima has bemoaned high cases of Gender based Violence in communities.
Speaking at the Zimbabwe Gender Commission Stakeholder engagement workshop in Gweru recently Mavhima, represented by his Director Cleto Diwa said despite numerous efforts by government to curb violence and abuse against women, GBV cases are still spiking.
“It’s disheartening to note that GBV is still wide spread as women and girls are the most vulnerable people. The unequal status of women and girls as compared to their male counterparts has strongly affected women’s autonomy and their ability to exercise their rights.
“Despite various interventions by various stakeholders, it is saddening that Gender Based Violence still exist in various ways and forms.
“There is need to remove and speak against GBV, cultural norms and demystifying notions of acceptance to violence as a normal way of social interaction,” Mavhima said.
Mavhima said ZGC engagement with Midlands Stakeholders was meant to bring positive impact on the lives of women in the province.
“I have been informed that the Zimbabwe Gender Commission considers that this forum should have participation at strategic level as a way of engaging a coordinated approach against violence.
“I trust this process will provide the much need platform to articulate views and concerns, hence your input here is highy valuable.
“The outcome on this meeting should bring change to our communities, as efforts to make our society a better place to be, ” he added.
He expressed gratitude to the Commission as the engagement allowed government and its partners to reflect on ways to handle GBV.
The workshop was held under the theme, “Strengthening Accountability to end Gender based Violence in Zimbabwe.”