presidentmugabe.jpgHead of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces Cde Robert Mugabe has called upon Zimbabweans to shun the social vice of gender based violence in order to uplift the condition of women.

 

President  Robert Mugabe made the call during the International Women’s day belated commemorations held at the Aquatic Complex in Chitungwiza on Thursday. 

  

Cde Mugabe spoke out against domestic violence and urged relevant authorities to deal decisively with the matter. He also discouraged married men from having extramarital affairs.
 
Violence against women implies any act of gender-based aggression that results in, physical, sexual or psychological damage to women. This includes threats of such acts, intimidation or subjective deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in private or public life.
 
Upon realising the effects of gender based violence, organisations that advocate for the rights of women revealed that it is critical to engage men as partners in the prevention and response to gender-based violence, if results are to be achieved.

 

Zimbabwe enacted the Domestic Violence Act to curb the rising incidence of violence against women.

 

The United Nations has also chosen 16 days from November 25 every year to mark International 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence.