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Feature -GBV: Are Societies Doing Enough

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GBV

By Shanice Sarudi

 

The fight against gender-based violence (GBV) has taken centre stage in most societies yet women and young girls continue to fall victim leading to questions whether enough is being done to curb this social ill.

 

 

Stakeholders have voiced their opinions on the inclusion of women in different roles of leadership in the community in the GBV fight.

 

 

 

The enactment of the Domestic Violence Act (2013) came as a welcome development as it addressed issues affecting mostly women in the society.

 

 

However, despite the existence of the law, some women still remain unaware of how to use it to their advantage.

 

The Covid-19 lockdown periods proved that GBV was still an issue the society was still grappling with.

 

 

Statistics indicated an increase in GBV cases.

 

 

In a bid to reach a much wider audience, stakeholders have adopted the use of new media in their campaigns.

 

 

During the 16 days of Activism against gender- based violence there was a hashtag #noexcusetogenderbasedviolence on social media with the overarching message that there was no exception to any kind of excuse for GBV.

 

 

The use of social media is a means to appeal to the younger generation who account for the majority of social media users.

 

 

Youthful musician Ammara Brown has joined in the fight to end GBV.

 

 

The artist released songs titled Tichichema and My protector which speak against GBV.

 

 

The Akilis hit maker has also joined hands with other stakeholders to run the Love should not hurt campaign.

 

 

As the fight to curb GBV continues, it is hoped notable changes will be realised in societies.

Robert Tapfumaneyi