Gender-based violence (GBV) is an issue that is of great interest to Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre and Network (ZWRCN) as an organisation that champions women’s rights and empowerment. Activities to mark the 16 Days of Activism against GBV tend to focus on the violence itself and the trends and statistics. ZWRCN wishes to interrogate what Zimbabwe has done in efforts to end GBV, and why this does not seem to be turning the tide backwards towards eradication of the scourge; gender based violence is on the increase and there are other disturbing permutations also emerging, such as child marriages, date rape, stalking, sexual harassment through social media.
ZWRCN, in conjunction with 263Chat would like to host a discussion on the topic: Efforts to end GBV: What is the Missing Link? The discussion will focus on why ongoing efforts to eradicate GBV have not scored the desired successes; what we should do differently and what else we need to do. The discussion will include perspectives from survivors of GBV, as well as how women can make the Domestic Violence work for them.
Objectives of the Discussion
1) To interrogate the apparent barriers limiting the fight against GBV
2) To identify new opportunities and innovative strategies in fighting GBV
3) To discuss how the law aimed at addressing all forms of gender based violence can really work for survivors