As the country joins the rest of the world in commemorating the 16 days of activism against gender based violence (GBV), the Zimbabwe Gender Commission (ZGC) has expressed concern over increasing cases of gender based violence and sexual harassment in public places.

In many instances GBV is predominantly experienced in the domestic sphere.

However, the Zimbabwe Gender Commission has noted with concern an increase in cases of GBV mainly affecting women in public places.

Speaking at a dialogue on GBV in public places in the capital, chairperson of the commission Mrs Margaret Mukahanana-Sangarwe said there is need to utilise existing legal frameworks in protecting both men and women against sexual harassment and GBV in public places.

Transport operators who are among the fingered culprits on sexual harassment in public places said there is need to restore sanity in the transport sector to deal with the challenge.

Chairperson of Anti-domestic Violence Council Ms Eunice Njovana called for a multi-stakeholder approach in raising awareness and triggering action to end the scourge of domestic violence as it is on the increase especially in rural areas.

The 16 days of activism against GBV is an internationally recognised campaign on ending gender based violence.

This year’s commemorations are being held under the theme, “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Creating Safe Spaces for Women and Girls”.