WASHINGTON DC —
Millions of people worldwide on Monday marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world in celebrating 16 days of activism against gender violence, a global campaign that was launched 20 years ago, whose aim is to eradicate violence against women and girls. So far, the campaign appears to have utterly failed in countries like South Africa, which is often called the “rape capital of the world.”
Harare officially launches the 16 days of activism against gender violence last on Wednesday at an event to be held in the Midlands capital, Gweru, but rights groups have already started holding activities towards eliminating gender-based violence.
Director Glanis Changachirere of the Zimbabwe Institute for Young Women Development says her organisation hosted a conference in Bindura on Monday to tackle issues connected to gender-based violence.
Msasa Project director Netty Musanhu also noted that her organisation will join hands with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the British Embassy in Zimbabwe in a march against gender-based violence and rape in Harare on Thursday from Market Square to the Harare Gardens.