By Staff Writer
As last Thursday marked the end of the commemoration of 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence(GBV) , there was a clarion call from delegates who attended the commemoration in Mvurwi that the best way to deal decisively with the scourge is by empowering women.
The commemoration which coincided with the International Human Rights Day was hosted by Adult Rape Clinic in partnership with a local non-profit organisation Kurainashe and was attended by various stakeholders who professed that unless women are self-reliant they will remain vulnerable to GBV.
The Mazowe District Officer from the Ministry of Women Affairs , Ms Naome Mahonye urged women to venture into livelihoods projects so that they can be able to sustain themselves rather than depend on their husbands or partners as this makes them susceptible to abuse.
“As a ministry, we provide facilities to women for income generation and we would like to encourage women to take advantage of this rather than spending your time unproductively
“If you are not economically empowered your chances of being abused are high, ”she said.
This was echoed also by Kurainashe Field Officer Ngoni Mudoti who said his organisation is working in the Mazowe District empowering many particularly women with income-generating projects ranging from market gardening and goats rearing projects.
“As an organisation we are convinced that to eradicate GBV we need to empower households no wonder why we are providing projects for many families here in Mvurwi targeting more women,” revealed Mudo
Renowned actress Kessia Magosha popularly known as Muchaneta weighed in saying it was imperative for young women to further their education as she did by attaining a degree at the Women’s University in Africa.
“I am proud to have obtained my degree in Community Development Studies at WUA and would like young girls to also emulate that.
“Education is important for us as women it goes a long way in making sure we are not vulnerable to abuse,” said Muchaneta.
According to Chief Makope, the prevailing economic challenges have had a ripple effects on the rising cases of GBV.
“The economy decline which we are experiencing has led to increased cases of GBV,” cited Chief Makope.
Mvurwi Town lies in Mazowe district where authorities have highlighted alarming cases of Gender Based Violence.