thokozani khupe.jpgDeputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe has urged women from all spheres of life to unite and work together in eliminating violence against women and children.

 

As part of ongoing activities to commemorate 16 days of activism against gender violence, the office of the Deputy Prime Minister organised a function that brought together women from various spheres of life, to show the importance of advocating for women’s rights.    

 

Addressing the gathering, Ms Khupe said it is high time women start to occupy their rightful place in society.

 

She said it is difficult to judge the extent to which women are suffering as most of them suffer in silence.

 

“We must unite no matter our class and fight for the elimination of violence against women and children. We must come out from the corner and come to the centre, it is high time we start occupying our rightful place,” said Ms Khupe.

 

Chairperson for the women’s parliamentary caucus, Mrs Beatrice Nyamupinga said efforts must be made to ensure that marginalised women, especially those in rural areas also benefit from the Domestic Violence Act.

 

“It is disheartening to note that women in the rural areas are the most affected when it comes to issues of gender violence but not much is being done to educate them about certain Acts that have been put in place to help them,” said Mrs Nyamupinga.

 

The Botswana Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mrs Gladys Kokorwe, who also attended the ceremony, said her country has also adopted the Domestic Violence Act after understudying the Zimbabwe, Mauritius and South African policies and witnessing the advantages such an Act provides.

 

The 16 day campaign focuses on generating an increased awareness of the negative impact of violence on women and children and has been used as an organisational strategy around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women.