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Mash West records highest GBV rate

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THE Institute of Young Women Development (IYWD) has engaged traditional leaders, ward co-ordinators and councillors in Mashonaland West in forming peace committees following reports that the province has recorded the highest number of gender-based violence (GBV) for the second year running.

LIZZY KUTYAURIPO
OWN CORRESPONDENT

Speaking during commemorations of 16 days of activism against GBV in Chiveso village, Bindura, IWYD founder Glanis Changachirere last week said Mashonaland West province had recorded a 32% rise in cases of domestic.

“It is still disheartening to note that domestic violence cases are still on the rise especially on young women and child rape cases in Mashonaland West after it recorded 56% in the calendar year of April 2013 followed by Matabeleland South which recorded 48%. This year April 2014, Mashonaland West recorded 88%,” Changachirere said.

She urged stakeholders to brainstorm and devise other innovative ways to combat the scourge, hence her outreach to traditional leaders.

“Mostly, we have been just raising awareness, but that is not helping at all as the cases are rising. There is now need to caution the villains and make them aware and understand the repercussions they instill on their victims and how they affect their families, society and communities at large,” she said.

Changachirere said there was need to empower women as some were not reporting or withdrawing their cases because of the dependency syndrome.

“There is also need to economically empower these women as most of them end up withdrawing their cases before they are tried. On average, only three out of the reported seven cases are tried after the rest have been withdrawn or dropped because the victims are dependent on their abusers.”

Speaking at the same occasion, Chief Chiveso urged the peace committees to work in cahoots with their nearby clinic staffers.

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