GBV survivors’ project launched

Source: GBV survivors’ project launched –Newsday Zimbabwe

Speaking at the launch, Women’s Affairs minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the GBV Case Management System sought to respond to the needs of GBV survivors.

SURVIVORS of gender based violence (GBV) are set to receive support through quality case management in a four-year project sponsored by a Japanese pharmaceutical company through United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) .

The government, in partnership with UNFPA yesterday launched the Women at the Centre Project that focuses on providing support to GBV survivors.

Speaking at the launch, Women’s Affairs minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the GBV Case Management System sought to respond to the needs of GBV survivors.

Mutsvangwa said the support came at an opportune time as the government was focused on operationalising a GBV policy framework.

Zimbabwe, Indonesia, El Salvador, Azerbaijan and Madagascar are participating in the project.

In Zimbabwe, the project will be piloted in Matabeleland North’s Bubi district before being spread to other provinces.

“Piloting in a district such as Bubi will inform us of the realities faced by survivors accessing services, especially in hard-to-reach areas,” Mutsvangwa said.

“This gives a true reflection that we can replicate across the country in line with the country’s vision of leaving no one and no place behind.”

UNFPA country representative, Miranda Tabifor, said the project responded to the pandemic of violence against women in Zimbabwe.

“It is not just about responding to GBV; it’s about preventing it. By empowering women, addressing their needs, and building strong support systems, we can create a safer and more just future for all,” Tabifor said.

GBV is a huge problem in Zimbabwe affecting many women and girls.

At least 49% of every married adolescent girl or women aged 15-49 years has experienced some form of emotional, physical or sexual violence committed by their current or most recent husband or partner.

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