Women in Lupane who are victims of Gender-Based Violence will soon benefit from a safe house that is being constructed to provide temporary protection accommodation for survivors of gender-based violence.
Renovations are underway at one of the schools in Lupane to provide a safe haven and a beacon of hope for survivors of gender-based violence in surrounding communities.
Priscilla Sibanda from Ndlovu area said gender-based violence cases were on the rise during the lockdown and the idea of a safe house will keep many women and girls out of danger.
“The idea to provide a safe place for victims of violence is noble because a lot of women are suffering here in Lupane and they fail to find places where they can seek a safe shelter,” she said.
Another woman from the same area, Juliet Sibanda said the social welfare department in Lupane is doing well in assisting gender-based violence victims but is often overwhelmed by the number of cases that are increasing on a daily basis.
“I think that this is such a good intervention for the community. Women were being given help by the department but it was not enough as they would go back home to their abusers. This place is going to help women as well as give a sense of safety,” said Sibanda.
The District Community Development Officer, Glory Damba said the Ministry decided to provide a safe haven for victims of violence in Lupane as many cases included girls of the ages of 15 and below.
“The Ministry saw it fit to provide a safe shelter for girls and women who have been victims of violence during the lockdown period. Most girls below the ages of 15 are falling pregnant and they are being disowned by their parents. This makes them easy targets of violence,” she said.
Damba indicated that the Ministry has limited funds to refurbish the structure in time and pleaded for financial assistance.
“At the moment we have a lot of work to do with less finances. We are appealing to other stakeholders to chip in with financial assistance so that we can complete this structure. Since the place does not have any water, we are planning on resuscitating the borehole and we also need to put a fence as well as buy beds, food and other necessities,” she pleaded.
The Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Community, Small, and Medium Enterprise Development in partnership with Kusile Rural District Council (KRDC) and Adventist Relief Development Agency (ADRA)will provide at least 20 women at a time, a safe space away from gender-based violence.
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