Bulawayo leads in  women abuse cases

As Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world in celebrating the International Women’s Day last week, local gender rights advocacy group — Musasa Project — released a damning report in which Bulawayo was fingered as leading in cases of violence and sexual assault against women.

So pervasive was gender-based violence (GBV) in Bulawayo and the greater Matabeleland region, that in many cases women and girls who had been raped were reluctant to report the perpetrators of such heinous crimes to law enforcement agencies.

According to Musasa, the late reporting of rape — especially in cases where women and girls had also been impregnated — often meant that there was little that authorities could do to terminate such pregnancies and to mitigate diseases such as HIV/Aids.
Simelinkosi Mazwi, an official with the advocacy group, revealed last week that Musasa had dealt with 2 817 cases of women abuse in Bulawayo last year.
“These women received psychosocial support and legal advice ... The total of cases that went to court is only 426.
“Of these cases, only 165 had protection order applications that were filed and completed successfully in court.
“At times women are not so keen to proceed further to court and seek psychosocial support or couple counselling sessions,” Mazwi said.
Musasa had also recorded many GBV cases from places such as Lupane, Matobo and Nkayi — where it said relatives were among the perpetrators of such violence against women and girls.
“Many of the perpetrators are relatives which complicates matters ... When one delays reporting a case of rape, the result often becomes pregnancy or being infected with HIV,” Mazwi said.
She said it was regrettable that cases of physical assault, sexual and mental harm, as well as thuggish eviction of women from their homes were increasingly becoming very common around the country.
Last year, the government — with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) — launched a GBV online information portal, to aid both service providers and survivors in the fight against crimes targeted at women.
The UNFPA said the portal was expected to provide GBV survivors, the public and their communities with life-saving information on the importance of timely access and referral pathways to multi-sectoral services, among other things,
“Women play a critical role in sustainable development. When they are educated and healthy, their families, communities and countries benefit.
“Yet, gender-based violence undermines opportunities for women and denies them the ability to fully utilise their basic human rights.
“In Zimbabwe, about one in three women aged 15 to 49 have experienced physical violence and about one in four women have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15,” the UNFPA said in one of its reports.

    Comments (6)

    Bulawayo Ndebele or Bulawayo Shona ?. Batshiyene kakhulu abantu laba.

    Fairview - 13 March 2019

    Ndebeles are natually violent. Who doesn't know that and even in South Africa most of them are die-hard thieves. They are the ones who rob innocent Zimbabweans in South African mostly targeting the Shona tribe. Go to South Africa jus because they take advantage of speaking like Zulus hence this kind of bastard and violent behaviour. Its not about tribalism here but the fact remains that Ndebeles are naturally violent folks. How many Shonas go aroun dcaring pangas? Non- but search any Ndebele folk, there will be a panga somewhere. Nonsene........ Damn killers and hence you copy the Zulu tribe in what ever you do yet you are not Zulus. Go to hell....with that mentality which belongs to the Stone Age era maNdebeles

    Clemence Tashaya - 14 March 2019

    You mean they are tough warriors ?....ihloka lo mkhonto are part of the culture. When I was growing up , all homes with divorced parents were baShona or one parent is baShona, except baPostori with many 'wifes'. I did not witness domestic violence in Ndebele homes. I might be wrong ,I will ask a friend of mine who was a young Magistrate in the late 90's and now based in Atlanta Georgia. I do not know about the crimes across the border , they can be by anyone. In Cape they do earn a living lawfully, although the jobs are less paid , its a sad reality for most. We need to work on IMPROVING people's lifes eg Building suitable low cost homes , etc , to reduce crime.

    Ubuntu Aid - 14 March 2019

    I have also witnessed Shona love-cheat fights overseas , in public. I mean on many occasions....Hey Madoda ??. You don't mind smashing the car windows in public whilst everyone is watching the love-gone-wrong drama ?? , kunzima. Libe selithengisana ukuthi lo kala mapepa kumbe nxa elawo , ngifuna ukumubisela kibo ko Magundwana.

    Lenga lenga - 14 March 2019

    7/10 women under 40 are divorced. The men are long gone to their getto white club chicks.

    Lenga lenga - 14 March 2019

    Can anyone out there , marry or date a woman who had a previous pal with hiv ...I mean a white woman ? , if no then forced to. Or let me put it this way....a woman is offered by parents to you , in a good way , but they do not disclose that the daughter is HiV ?. If you are clever you will ask , why me not Mr McNabby around the corner , common sense ,no ?. Those two cases are different ; Hepatitis B or HIV due to a hospital error and the former case , an STI. Abuse comes in so many forms. Just saying...never mixed myself.

    Responsible adulthood - 14 March 2019

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