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

As Zimbabwe and the rest of the world commemorate the 16 Days of Gender Based Violence (GBV), recommendations have been made by non-governmental organisations for the country to intensify awareness campaigns and curb the increase of HIV and AIDS related ailments.

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

Doctors Without Borders Medical Coordinator for Zimbabwe, Dr Daniel Garone said there is need for more awareness campaigns on GBV.

Statistics show that 27% of women aged between 15 and 49 have reported experiencing sexual violence in Zimbabwe, but only 20% have sought help.