The Judicial Service Commission has launched the revised protocol in the management of sexual abuse and gender-based violence in Harare this Friday ahead of the worldwide 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.
The revised protocol seeks to safeguard the rights of survivors of sexual gender-based violence thereby guaranteeing them that they receive a holistic package of age and gender-sensitive, survivor-centered services for their psychosocial well-being and protection by the welfare and justice systems.
The stakeholders who were present at the launch of the protocol, the Zimbabwe Republic Police, Ministry of Health and Childcare, Ministry of Media and Broadcasting Services, Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare among others.
The stakeholders said they were working tirelessly in the fight against sexual and gender-based violence in the country as it has caused underperformance in workplaces and societies hindering economic growth in the country.
However in line with sexual and gender-based violence, the Judicial Service Commission is also moving forward in setting up model sexual offences courts which are wholly dedicated to the resolution of disputes involving women and the trial of sexual offenders meaning that sexual offenses courts will be set completely apart from the ordinary courts in order to counter poor investigations and address insufficient interconnectedness of agencies.