More than 1000 march against rape

More than 1,000 people, under the Katswe Sisterhood banner, on Friday November 25 staged a march under the theme ‘Code Red Against Rape’ in commemoration of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.

This time last year, men from PADARE marched against rape in Harare.
This time last year, men from PADARE marched against rape in Harare.

The march started at Town House and ended at the Harare Gardens main stage. It was aimed at enlightening citizens about the evils of rape and encouraging rape victims to report to responsible authorities.

Grace Chirenje, the Vice Chairperson of the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, said: “It is now time to stand up against perpetrators of this unspeakable evil act which is disgusting, sickening, sad and enraging”.

Chirenje attributed worsening child abuse to family tensions caused by the economic meltdown.

Theresa Matsvayi, the Information and Communication Officer of Katswe Sisterhood, said: “The march is a stepping stone towards the fight against evils of rape which are increasing in the country without being thoroughly looked at. Most of the victims are women and children who do not report when victimized, as there is a belief that it is a private or personal matter. They also fear reprisal from the assailant.”

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