As the nation joins the rest of the world in observing 16 days of activism against gender based violence (GBV) observers have emphasized the need to protect female athletes from harassment and abuse.

As Zimbabwe and the rest of the globe observes 16 days of activism against GBV, the sports sector has not been spared in the condemnation against harassment and abuse.  

Musasa Project director Netty Musanhu said like in several other spheres of society, harassment and abuse is also evident on the sporting field.

Bindura University of Science Education sports director Tsitsi Muzuva pointed to the need for policies that protect the girl child from any form of abuse on the sporting front as a way of encouraging their participation in sport.

A baseline study conducted by the African Union Sports Council Region 5 in 2014 pointed to harassment and abuse as a major hindrance to the participation of women in sport.