In a bid to end Gender Based Violence (GBV) among tertiary students, Female Student Network (FSN) in conjunction with Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Polytechnic college has organised a marathon in Gwanda to raise awareness on this social ill.
While the government has put in place various legal frameworks to address the problem of GBV, the social ill has remained rampant in the society with tertiary institutions also recording such cases.
The college’s Principal Dr Ngoni Mhule Moyo commended the initiative saying the fight against GBV calls for both men and women to work towards creating a better society.
“I am so delighted that this time the campaign is now inclusive some times as women groups we lose the fight because we go it alone and we leave men outside and it would be difficult for men to cooperate,” he said.
The United States embassy representative Kim Spivak urged students to pass on the information imparted to them to their peers.
“As you go into different communities after school you may be able to change lives of the students you will be teaching and this will go a long way in fighting GBV in the society,” she said.
FSN Trust Director, Evernice Munando also weighed in saying there is need for stakeholders to work together to fight this social ill in communities.
“We are lobbying that sexual harassment be made a criminal offense because this is still problematic in the society, we need to work together to end this scourge,” said Mrs Munando.
Also present was two-time American Olympian marathon runner, Khadevis Robinson and other US embassy staff members.
Similar campaigns will be held in Bulawayo and Harare.
The campaign is running under the theme: “Taking Great Strides against Gender Based Violence”.