cde beatrice nyamupinga 05-09-10.jpgGoromonzi West House of Assembly Member, Cde Beatrice Nyamupinga, says issues of gender based violence should be taken seriously and more needs to be done to raise awareness in the rural areas.

 

Speaking during a march to commemorate 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence in Chinhamora, Goromonzi West, Cde Nyamupinga said there has been an increase in the number of gender based violence cases in her constituency and more needs to be done to encourage people to report any cases of such abuse.

 

Cde Nyamupinga said it was disheartening to note that most people were not reporting cases of abuse and women who are the most affected were suffering silently.

 

“There are people who are suffering silently and we want to assist them and let them know that they can get assistance from the police and other organisations that are willing,” she said.

 

Wadzanai Community Trust Coordinator, Mrs Apolonia Chonyera said training programmes are being carried out at their institution to help adults deal with cases of gender based violence and they are also going around schools together with the police, educating children on how to react when abused.

 

“We are working with various organisations educating both the youths and the old about the need to report all cases of abuse,” Mrs Chonyera said.

 

Gender based violence is a global pandemic affecting every race.

 

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence is commemorated across the world commencing on the 25th of November and ending on the 10th of December.

 

These 16 days are a sobering reminder that gender based violence has profound socio economic consequences for all society.