ZGC breaks silence

HARARE - Zimbabwe Gender Commission (ZGC) has finally broken its silence after pressure continued to mount from all ends for the human rights body to act upon the gross human rights violations, including rape of women and abuse of children by State security agents.

In a statement, ZGC said it had been following the nationwide events that “degenerated into violent demonstrations across the country”.

“There were alleged cases of sexual violence. The commission is deeply concerned about these developments as there are always gender dimensions in conflict situations as women, men, boys and girls are affected differently,” ZGC said.

Several women’s organisations last week petitioned both the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) and the ZGC, which had been silent, to immediately act and carry out investigations into the issues of rape and abuse of women and children by the security forces — at the same time mandate government to compensate victims.

“The commission to this end, instituted an investigation and is calling upon victims, the general public and organisations to report any gender-based violations to the Commission,” ZGC further stated. 

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