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GBV Cases Increase During 2021 Lockdown

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Women Coalition of Zimbabwe says there is a notably increase again in cases of gender based violence during January 2021 after tightening of the national lockdown.

The organisation’s Chairperson, Mrs Locadia Mavhudzi urged victims of gender based violence to approach the nearest police station or relevant organisations.

“While we continue to respect the lockdown regulations in our homes, we urge men and women out there to respect their relationships. We are worried about the number of gender based violence cases that are being reported in our communities especially in urban settings. We are worried as the women’s coalition because there is a lot of violation of women’s rights and we are saying that let there be protection against women and children as well”, said Mavhudzi.

One of the incidents of gender based violence happened in Zvishavane’s Makwasha residential area where a woman was bashed by her husbant and sustained severe injuries.

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Great Dyke News 24 caught up with the victim’s neighbour who related the incident but asked for the protection of their name for fear of victimization.

“We heard noises coming from my neighbour’s house, so we ran there and saw my neighbour’s husband throwing bags out and beating his wife. We tried to stop the husband but later found out that he had been told by the white cloth prophets that the child they have is not his ”, said the neighbour.

According to Musasa Project , 764 cases of GBV were recorded between March and April during the 2020 lockdown.

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