Women demand transitional justice

HARARE - With the Organ of National Healing and Reconciliation failing to make any tangible progress in regard to transitional justice in the country, the Church and Civil Society Forum, Women and Gender Sector has called for the transformation of the police force into a non partisan sector.

A statement by the organ notes that women, who constitute 52 per cent of the population, bore the brunt of the effects of the political violence that left Zimbabweans traumatised and divided as people from different political parties descended on each other towards the 2008 presidential run-off.

“National healing should ensure that there is a non partisan, independent and impartial police force, media and judiciary. Chiefs and traditional leaders should carry out their functions in a non-partisan manner, a statement from the sector read.

The sector also advocates for the state to prioritise peace education which must be carried out in local communities in partnership with civil society so as to promote peaceful and sustainable co-existence.

“Justice must take place. Perpetrators must be made to face the full wrath of the law as provided by the United Nations Resolutions. Security Council Resolution 1325 calls upon state parties to end impunity and prosecute those responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes including those relating to sexual abuse and

other based violations.

There must be no amnesty for gender based crimes committed such as murder, rape and other sexual offences targeting women. A functional victim friendly unit must be in place to prosecute cases involving female victims particularly for sexual abuse,” the statement continued.

Apart from that, the sector called upon reparations to be made available, especially to women who lost their bread winners.

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