Domestic violence forum gets underway

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THE prevalent social cancer of domestic violence within marriage has become a topical problem in Zimbabwe, with several cases reported in the media and many others swept under the carpet.
Against this grim backdrop, Pamberi Trust will host a gender forum discussion focusing on the prevalence of domestic violence within marriages and look at how best the problem can be dealt with.
The discussion, set to be held at the Book Café tomorrow, is part of the Book Café’s Gender Forum, a platform for discussion of gender and women’s issues.
The speakers penciled to address the discussion will be drawn from Padare Men’s Forum, Musasa Project and Women Lawyers’ Association of Southern Africa. These will include Netty Musanhu, Leo Wamwanduka and Dorcas Makaza. Batsirai Chigama of Pamberi Trust said the event, which was initiated in November 2009, was a platform for the discussion of gender and women’s issues and was targeted at human rights activists, civic society, female artists and the public.
“There has been an increase in the number of women committing suicide or being killed by their husbands or boyfriends largely because of domestic disputes,” Chigama said.
At the “Advocacy Gathering on increased cases of femicide in Zimbabwe,” Musasa Project reported that 20 cases had been reported in the press since January this year, an alarming statistic and serious cause for concern. The last discussion, held in April this year, looked at the relevance of men in gender struggles and the need for continued engagement of both men and women to come up with lasting solutions to gender violence.