UNiTE to End all Forms of Violence Against Women

In March, with the support of the United Nations, Zimbabwe sent three experienced climbers to Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness on Gender Based Violence (GBV).

Click to view photos from the event.Violence against women is a serious concern on the continent, as well as in Zimbabwe. In Africa, between 13% and 45% of women suffer assault by intimate partners during their lifetimes. Recent studies from the region show that between 16% and 47% of girls in primary or secondary school report sexual abuse or harassment from male teachers or classmates.

“Through a proactive and inclusive campaign such as UNiTE, it is important that we mobilize every effort against Gender Based Violence, particularly violence against women so that they are able to achieve their development aspirations”, said Alain Noudehou, United Nations Resident Coordinator, during a send-off press conference held for the trio.

The Africa UNiTE Campaign is UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s initiative and coordinates actions against GBV from 11 UN agencies, governments and civil society organizations. “We at the Ministry are particularly concerned that women and girls can live a safe and protected life here in Zimbabwe. We are working to promote women’s rights at all levels of the government’s activities,” noted Hon. Deputy Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Jessie Majome.

“The participation of the three climbers from Zimbabwe has only been possible because of Government’s commitment and would like to encourage more of these initiatives to be supported by all government agencies to end violence against women,” said Hodan Addou, Representative of UN Women in Zimbabwe.

More information on Millennium Development Goal 3 - Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women.

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