GBV draining resources: Majome

The amount of money being spent fighting gender-based violence could be better used to rebuild the country, according to the Deputy Minister of Gender and Community Development, Jessie Majome.


Majome, who is the MDC-T legislature for Harare West, said the cost of fighting gender-based violence was so high that if it was channeled into other things, it would enable the country to get back on its feet.

“The cost of treating a needlessly battered women and rehabilitating theaffected family is so much that if that money was used for development, communities would really benefit,” she said during a recent address to a mountaineering organisation.

Speaking at the same function, the Deputy Minister of Education, Sport and Culture Dr Lazarus Dokora said that even with the best laws to guard against gender-based violence, women in Zimbabwe were still at risk.

“Educational programmes are needed in order to eliminate violent behavior at a young age,” he said. Three Zimbabwean climbers, Monica Nyamudeza (31), Betty Ncube (29) and l Gibson Mashingaidze will join others on March 5-9 to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in order to raise global awareness of gender-based violence.

“The climb will be rigorous and painful, but I will get to the peak,” said Ncube.”So is our fight for emancipation as women, it might be long and painful, but we will get there.”

Africa Unite is the regional component of the United Nations Secretary General’s worldwide campaign an initiative and a continent wide partnership to try and end violence against women.

“We must stop this violence against women once and for all,” said Majome.

There will be at least one participant from each of the 54 African countries including celebrities, members of civil society, private and public sectors and the Media.

Each of the climbers from Zimbabwe will carry a specific message to the highest point in Africa, to demonstrate their commitment to ending violence against women.

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