“To stand against rape you first have to acknowledge its existence,” says Tinashe Tafirenyika, an award winning poet. “Some people don’t even acknowledge or define the fact that marital rape exists.”
These sentiments were raised during a radio discussion that was facilitated by Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) at Skyz Metro FM, as an information dissemination drive of raising awareness about the 16 days of activism against Gender – Based Violence (GBV).
According to Tafirenyika: “We have to acknowledge that we have a problem as a society, religious and academic institutions. Unless we take the necessary active steps to fix the problem, it will not go away.”
She cited how she has been a victim to missed opportunities through manipulative producers or promoters.
“The amount of work that I have lost in the arts is quite significant as a whole,” added Tinashe Tafirenyika. “Someone can out rightly state that if you don’t perform a certain deed for them, they won’t work with you.”
She further reiterated that women tend to be labelled as feminists when advocating for human rights abuses such sexual assault or other forms of violence.
“The justice system is not where it needs to be and the more we lobby for women’s rights the greater the chance of actually getting the change that you desire,” she cited.
Tafirenyika vowed to play her role through social media advocacy and utilizing micro blogging sites such as Twitter.
“Twitter is my new home now and a lot of people state that Twitter activism is useless but a lot of the things I have learnt about women and women’s issues has been online,” added Tafirenyika.
“We might take it for granted but the Internet has changed the way we learn and the way we share information. It might not change the world in one day but if one person reads about consent and learns something, then we would have achieved something.”
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