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Mutare city holds 16km GBV awareness walkathon

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Mutare city holds 16km GBV awareness walkathon

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MARTIN MULEYA
CHIPINGE TIMES REPORTER

MUTARE – City of Mutare, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and other stakeholders held a 16 km walkathon against Gender Based Violence (GBV) from Madziro Business Centre to the city centre last Friday.
The walkathon marked the local authority’s 16 days Against GBV commemorations held annually from November 25-December 10.
This year’s commemorations are under the theme: Unite! Invest to Prevent Violence against Women and girls.
Stakeholders that took part in the walkathon include Transparency International Zimbabwe, PACDEF and United Mutare Residents and Ratepayers Trust.
Mutare Mayor Simon Chabuka and Acting Town Clerk Blessing Chafesuka were represented by Councillor Sekai Mukodza and Acting Chamber Secretary Takunda Nyamandi respectively.
Chabuka said the local authority joined the movement in 2014 and has put measures in place to curb GBV cases.
“City of Mutare joined Government, NGOs and the international community in raising awareness, influencing behavior change and securing high level commitment to end Gender Based Violence in 2014.
“This stance adopted by Council is a deliberate effort and act to fight GBV as a societal issue and not a domestic one because the scourge can only be defeated through collective action of men and women,” said Chabuka.
He added that there is need to continuously engage victims and perpetrators of GBV to change their mindsets, prevent future incidents and actively assist non-perpetrators who are at risk of carrying out GBV.
Chafesuka said they are focusing on different strategies to curtail violence.
“What I like about this year’s commemorations is the focus on the importance of financing different strategies to stop violence from occurring. That is council’s primary goal when providing services to prevent GBV from happening by providing effective and efficient services.
“Our outfits today are a testimony of commitment on how council will work in both hard and soft infrastructure that will assist in Gender Based Violence,” he said.

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