Women in Gwanda call for setting up of GBV response mechanisms

Gwanda Community Economic Justice Development Trust with support from Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) conducted a GBV Awareness on 30 November 2021. The activity created a platform for women and youths to share experiences on GBV cases that have become high in Gwanda urban since COVID-19 started in 2020.

By Lungile Masuku

Chilling stories of GBV were shared and what came out is that most women and men do not speak out but they bottle these experiences and that has led to depression and suicide among the victims. What was also noted is that there are no adequate safe spaces for GBV victims to especially in Gwanda District.
Currently there is a one stop centre located at Gwanda Provincial Hospital and the services are not visible to many. There is need for a setting up a one stop centre and a victim friendly unit to reach out to the communities for awareness because people are not aware about these departments.
During the meeting, there was also a recommendation for CBOs in Gwanda to collaborate and build the capacity of women and girls on entrepreneurship so that they do not depend on third parties but be able to fend for themselves as this reduces incidences of GBV.
Participants also lamented the economic hardships that people are facing and unavailability of employment for the youths saying these are some of the root causes of gender-based violence and they appealed to the government to revive industries so that people can be gainfully employed.

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