The country continues to record increased cases of gender based violence (GBV) and child marriages despite government and stakeholder efforts to curb the vices.

Zimbabwe’s gender based violence prevalence rate is currently estimated at 35%, while child marriages are also high.

Realising the scourges, the government through the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, has adopted a national programme which involves different stakeholders to come up with effective mechanisms that address the challenges.

The Principal Administrative Officer on Gender Based Violence in the ministry, Ms Lorraine Mbodza said there is need to economically empower women and girls as they depend on their male counterparts leading to low reportage of GBV cases and an increase on child marriages.

UNFPA Gender Programme Specialist, Ms Choice Damiso said poor funding continues to affect effective implementation of programmes that are aimed at eradicating child marriages and gender based violence.

Currently, the government is working on a number of programmes to ensure that gender equality and women empowerment are achieved.

Recently, the revised National Gender Policy was launched and will see equal representation of women and girls in all spheres of life, be it political, social and economical.