The government has launched a national programme on gender based violence (GBV) prevention and response as part of its effort to address the scourge which continues to be on the increase.

The government lamented the continuous increase in cases of domestic violence, GBV as well as sexual harassment especially in tertiary institutions. 

As the country joins the rest of the world in commemorating the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, the Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Cde Nyasha Chikwinya said there is need to step up efforts in addressing these ills which are being worsened by the harsh economic conditions.

Minister Chikwinya said the launch of the national programme on GBV prevention and response is an indication of the government’s commitment to addressing all forms of GBV.

The 16 Days of Activism Against GBV is an internationally recognised campaign on ending GBV and this year’s campaigns started on the 25th of November and end on the 10th of December.

This year’s commemorations are being held under the theme: ‘From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World:  Creating Safe Spaces for Women and Girls.”