Efforts to end Gender Based Violence (GBV): What is the missing link?

Gender Based Violence (GBV) is an issue that is of great interest to Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre and Network (ZWRCN) as an organisation that champions women’s rights and empowerment.

ZWRCN in conjunction with 263 Chat hosted a discussion on the topic: Efforts to end GBV: What is the missing link? on the 9th of October 2014 at Alliance Francaise in Harare.

The discussion focussed on why on-going efforts to eradicate GBV have not scored the desired successes, what we should do differently and what else we need to do. ZWRCN interrogated what Zimbabwe has done in efforts to end GBV, and why this does not seem to be turning the tide backwards towards eradication of the scourge. GBV is on the increase and there are other disturbing permutations also emerging, such as early child marriages, date rape, stalking, sexual harassment through social media.

The discussion interrogated the apparent barriers limiting the fight against GBV and also identified new opportunities and innovative strategies in fighting GBV and how the law aimed at addressing all forms of gender based violence and if it can really work for survivors.

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