Communities Need More Information On GBV

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By Staff Reporter

HARARE – The youths in communities have highlighted that they need more education on gender-based violence (GBV) such that they will be able to identify and act accordingly when they are abused.

Speaking during a community engagement in Hopley Harare south Constituency in Commemoration of the 16 days against GBV,Fungai Madembo, Assistant Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health said it was crucial for communities to know types of GBV.

“We have physical violence, economic violence, emotional violence and sexual violence all these fall under GBV we should be aware of them. Both men and women can be abused and should speak out to get help.

“Harmful practices in communities also contribute to GBV. Many people are deep rooted in their cultures for example chiramu and chigadzamapfiwa should be abolished as it infringes people’s rights,” said Madembo.

She added that GBV contributes to teenage pregnancies in most cases young girls who fell pregnant before their bodies have fully developed face challenges during giving birth.

Obestric fistula is the condition faced by most young girls at birth when they fell pregnant before full development of their bodies.

Meanwhile, Tinashe Ravurai (22), said GBV dialogues should include men as they are the most perpetrators of the violence.

“I like these kind of dialogues as a man because they they involve us all as humans and as men we know what we should do and shouldn’t do in contributing to a world free of violence.

“Men are the perpetrators of violence mostly and these dialogues give us insight of what we sre expected to do as humans in our communities. We experience so much in these communities,” said Ravurai.

The Hopley community has benefitted from the Plan International youth empowerment program and youths are now involved in different projects such as phone repairing, baking, mushroom farming,welding among others.

Ropafadzo Gwavava (19), said communities should get awareness at the same time they should also be provided with projects to do so that they avoid the idleness.

“We have been exempted from community temptations through projects Plan International. I can safely say we no longer have time for gossip, drug and substance abuse among others as we spent most of our time thinking how to make profits from the projects we have. I’m doing baking and catering and hoping to expand.

“The ZNFPC helped us in understanding more about GBV. We learnt a lot on how to stop violence in the homes. As youths we face economic and physical violence at most but we will work on eradicating these,” said Gwavava.

Statistics indicates that one in every three women have been abused in their lifetime.

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