FACT staff sharing the FACT toll-free helpline survivors can use to get help.

Educated, empowered, and confident women play a crucial role in the development of society. However, their potential is limited largely by oppression and Gender-based Violence (GBV). In Zimbabwe 1 in 3 women aged 15-49 years have experienced physical violence whilst 1 in 4 women have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime, leading to setbacks in the country’s development.

In a bid to raise awareness around GBV, highlighting the challenges women face and how GBV can be prevented, Family AIDS Caring Trust Zimbabwe joined the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development, and other partners to commemorate the National launch of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence in Hauna, Mutasa district.

The launch ran under the theme UNITE! Invest to Prevent Violence against Women & Girls.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on 10 December with International Human Rights Day.

HUANA GBV SAFE SHELTER HANDOVER

The event saw FACT Zimbabwe Programmes Director, Jenifer Tavengerwei hand over a GBV survivors’ shelter to the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development which was being manned by FACT Zimbabwe with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) under the Spotlight initiative project.

During the 16 commemorations, FACT Zimbabwe in partnership with Zoe Orphan Care and Anglican Relief and Development in Zimbabwe (ARDEeZ) and the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Media Enterprises Development with funding support from Tearfund launched the Rise UP, Phakama, Simuka Survivors Network under the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) project.

The network is a platform for survivors to connect, share their stories, support each other, advocate for change, and receive economic empowerment.

FACT Zimbabwe continues to support advocacy around GBV awareness and prevention, ensuring GBV survivors receive the support they need.

AWARD PRESENTATION

The Minister of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Media Enterprises Development Senator Monica Mutsvangwa handing the certificate of recognition to FACT Zimbabwe Programmes Director, Jenifer Tavengerwei during the awards ceremony.

The Minister of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Media Enterprises Development Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, who presided over the event, awarded FACT Zimbabwe a certificate of appreciation for complementing government efforts in the fight against GBV.

FACT Programmes Director, Mrs J Tavengerwei sharing a light moment with Junior Minister of State for Manicaland, Nokutenda Ndlovu (also FACT Child Advisory Board Chairperson) and UNFPA Zimbabwe Country Representative, Ms Miranda Tabifor.

 Miranda TabiforFACT Zimbabwe also exhibited violence prevention interventions that are being provided through various projects such as the DREAMS SMART Girls project, SPACE for OVC, and SEA.