The Zimbabwe Gender Commission has launched a gender observatory committee to deal with all forms of violence against women in Zimbabwe before, during and after the July 30 harmonised elections.

The development follows concerns by the commission over the limited participation of women in political activities.

Although the commission could not give statistics on the current situation, it emphasised that the primary elections were marred with psychological, sexual and political violence against women.

The chairperson of the commission, Mrs Margret Mukahanana Sangarwe said even women leaders were victims of violence.

The commission indicated that the case of assault on the MDC-T leader, Thokozani Khupe at Morgan Tsvangirai’s funeral in Buhera, is testimony that there is still more that needs to be done to address gender inequality.

The commission says it committed to creating an enabling environment for women participation in politics and decision making.