A call has been made for policy makers to put in place legislation and measures that address the increasing cases of sexual abuse and gender based violence (GBV). 

As Zimbabwe and the rest of the world commemorate the 16 days of gender based violence, recommendations have been made by non-governmental organisations to intensify awareness campaigns and curb the increase of HIV and AIDS related diseases.

Speaking at the official launch of a report on barriers to sexual violence in Harare’s Mbare suburb, University of Zimbabwe lecturer Professor Kefas Nyikahadzoyi said victims of GBV are not coming to report cases early leaving them prone to HIV related diseases.

MSF medical coordinator for Zimbabwe Dr Daniel Garone said there is need for more awareness campaigns on GBV.

Statistics show that in Zimbabwe, 27 percent of women aged 15-49 years have reported experienced sexual violence, however only 20 percent of them sought help.