By Admire Machiwenyika

Government through the Ministry of Women Affairs, Small and Medium Enterprise Development has embarked on a drive to establish more One – Stop – Centres  for Gender-Based Violence (GBV) survivors and these services include medical, security, psycho-social and legal services.

The Ministry  has so far managed to establish One-Stop-Centres in Makoni Centre, Gweru, Gwanda, Chipinge, Chinhoyi and plans are underway to commission more this month.

Speaking at the event, Ministry of Woman Affairs, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Provincial Development Officer, Mr Ernest Chimbodza revealed that more One-Stop-Centres are expected to be commissioned this December.

“Right now we have got One-Stop-Centre we have established in the Makoni Centre, Gweru, Gwanda, Chipinge and Chinhoyi, these are operational. We are in the process of adding more centres ,one in Harare in Epworth and the structure and workforce are already there, what only remains is to commission on the 9th of December and the other  in Bindura will be commissioned on the 4th of December as part of our 16 days of activism  against GBV.

“We are focusing more on One-Stop-Centres and for GBV survivors. The different services needed by GBV survivors ,he/she needs medical and legal assistance especially on  cases to do with rape.

“They also need psych-social support, security and in other cases, they also need temporary shelter, so these are the critical services required for GBV survivors.

“So we are saying we want all those services to be offered at a central point and it is traumatising for a survivor of GBV to be hopping from one office to another seeking assistance”, said Chimbodza.

The event which was hosted by Female Students Network Trust (FSNT) brought together female students from various institutions of higher learning and backgrounds, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), government officials as well as ZRP’s victim friendly unit who all expressed their allegiance to the protection of girls’ rights.

The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day and 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls.