Today, Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD), Victory Siyanqoba, National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe and Intwasa conducted a Laundry Cafe and a Public Interactive Art Session with women in Cowdray Park, so as to afford women a safe space to discuss the ills of rape and Gender -Based Violence (GBV).
Women also utilized the platform to share their various encounters with Gender – Based Violence (GBV), either in the home or the community at large.
Some women stated that culture and tradition make it near impossible for women to report their spouses whenever they abuse them due to a number of reasons. Women prefer being silent about sexual violence because of the shame that is associated with the matter at hand.
Families in some instances impede women from taking matters to relevant authorities.
“I would not want to be responsible for breaking up a family,” said Margret Moyo, a Cowdray Park resident. “It is quite hard to report a man who has the sole responsibility of providing for the family. If he gets incarcerated that means that the responsibility of fending for the family becomes my own.”
Representatives from the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) graced the occasion, where they presented on the importance of conserving water at a time when there is erratic water supply around the City.
Bulawayo City Council (BCC) Public Relations Officer, Nesisa Mpofu, encouraged women to play an active role in re- using water, reducing the amount of water and reporting any leakages of water taps.
The laundry café’ and the Public Interactive Art Session are a way of encouraging women to express themselves on abuse and rape.
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