Fiona Ruzha, H-Metro Reporter
… to bring GBV problem into public domain
THE Government of Zimbabwe, the European Union and the United Nations yesterday launched a multi-year Spotlight Initiative to assist women and girls realise their full potential in a violence-free, gender-responsive and inclusive Zimbabwe.
The European Union in joint initiative with the United Nations have committed to finance 500 million Euros to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls in all continents and Zimbabwe will be receiving US$34 million.
The programme will be implemented by UN in partnership with the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development and civil society organisations.
Delivering a keynote address on behalf of President ED Mnangagwa, Education Minister Professor Amon Murwira said the initiative is expected to bring gender based issues into the public domain as violence against women and girls often went unreported after being concealed at family level.
“The spotlight initiative is an expression the same political will that has been demonstrated by the international community in adopting the Sustainable Development Goals, with Goal 5 focusing specifically on Gender Equality with concrete targets on ending violence against women and girls, as we as mainstreaming of gender across the entire 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
“Additionally, this initiative resonates well with the provisions in our economy as an essential tool ‘to eliminate all negative economic, social and inclusive socio-economic development’.
“Indeed, cases of GBV in particular violence against women and girls often go unreported and are usually concealed within families.
“It is my hope that through the Spotlight Initiative we will adopt measures that will bring this problem into the public domain and enable policy makers to realise that GBV has a negative impact on the Gross Domestic Product and national development as a whole. It is as obstacle to achieving our vision 2030,” Min Murwira said.
The programme will have six inter-connected and mutually reinforcing pillars which are aimed at holistically addressing violence against women and girls and these are: laws and policies, institutions strengthening, prevention and social norms, services, data and women rights movement.
The Zimbabwe Spotlight Initiative country programme targets directly and indirectly 11 million beneficiaries’ particularly rural women and girls, women and girls living with disabilities, and women living with HIV.