Men urged to participate in stamping out GBV

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Harare West MP Jessie Majoma gives a speech at Warren Hills Cementary on December 9, at a memorial service honouring Charity Sabawu who was shot by her ex-husband Dickson Sabawu in the presence of police officers in 2008. The ceremony was in commemoration of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence.

A LOCAL youth organisation, Students and Youth Working on Reproductive Health Action Team (SAYWHAT), is advocating for male involvement as equal partners in the quest to eliminate violence against women.

By Phyllis Mbanje

Working in collaboration with UN Women, SAYWHAT has launched an aggressive campaign called Men to Men which is part of a global initiative, internationally known as the HeForShe which focuses on ensuring that men actively participate in stamping out the social scourge.

While research has often pointed out that men are actually the main perpetrators of gender-based violence (GBV), they have been systematically excluded in all efforts to fight GBV.

“We aim to reach 10 000 men through this campaign and we will make use of college students who will in turn raise awareness among other males in the communities,” said Sendisa Ndlovu, the SAYWHAT programmes officer.

He said violence against women was a challenge that affects both men and women and that development can only take place if both men and women are participating on an equal footing.