Bulawayo Provincial Affairs minister Angeline Masuku has implored traditional leaders and churches to collaborate with the government in fighting gender-based violence (GBV), which she said was on the rise.
BY ALEXIS SIBANDA
Addressing stakeholders at a belated International Women’s Day celebrations event in Bulawayo last week, Masuku said the government was worried at the spike in GBV cases.
“I note with concern that cases of GBV are on the increase in spite of interventions that the government has put in place. We should work together to put an end to this scourge,” she said.
Masuku said the government cannot allow children and women to be abused, instead they should be empowered.
“We cannot have a nation, where three quarters of the population is being traumatised through abuse. Surely, this has to end,” she said.
Masuku also expressed concern over the increase in incidences of breast and cervical cancer.
“I call upon the private sector to partner with the government to upscale efforts of decentralisation of cancer screening and testing to district levels to reduce the increase of these conditions,” she said.
Masuku said the government continues to strengthen initiatives to promote and protect women’s right to health.
“Emphasis is being made towards the resuscitation of healthcare facilities in rural areas and low income urban areas,” she said.