Marching to #endGBV

On Tuesday 2nd December, the Family Impact Zimbabwe Women’s Department participated in a march in Bulawayo to mark the 16 days of activism to end GBV. Our involvement in promoting and educating about women’s health in Zimbabwe means we have been closely involved with this event for a number of years.

Launched in 1991, the #16DaysofActivism campaign to #endGBV runs from November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women to December 10, International Human Rights Day, to emphasise that violence against women is a violation of human rights. This 16-day period also covers November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day and December 1, World AIDS Day.

A 2013 study in Zimbabwe highlighted the following about gender based violence:

  • 69% of women experience intimate partner violence (IPV) in their lifetime and 41% of men admit to perpetrating IPV
  • Women who experience IPV are 50% more likely to contract HIV
  • Only 1 in 14 women who are physically abused report to police

Family Impact Zimbabwe’s Women’s team were on a committee with the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development and other stakeholders to organise an event to highlight the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence. The march was held in Bulawayo from City Hall to the United Family International Church. Speeches focused on the theme for #16daysofactivitism this year which is From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women. The guest of honour was the Permanent Secretary.

Changes to women’s health involve not just education, but advocacy too. We are thankful for opportunities like this to work with government and other stakeholders in Zimbabwe to raise awareness around issues that affect women, families and communities.