By Matthew Mwale
In complementing government efforts in reducing gender disparities and to reduce the ever increasing cases of gender-based violence in Sanyati district, Sanyati Rural Districts Council has come up with a Gender Committee with the aim of tackling the dangers of the scourge that is threatening to tear apart the social fibre within the communities.
During the 2019 national lockdown that was put in place by the government with the aim of mitigating against the spread of Covid 19 the district saw an increase in gender-based violence in the district which is mainly a rural based setup.
Gender Committee Chairperson Ward 2 Cllr Rachel Manzvanda said that the rural district council has come up with this committee after recording an upsurge in gender base violence cases.
“During the period when the country undertook a national lockdown in March of 2019, couples started spending more time together at homes and couples mistakes took centre stages and this brought about conflicts which resulted in violence in homes, so as a council and community leaders we took it upon ourselves to compliment government effort in tackling this scourge that is threatening to tear apart the social fibre within the communities,” said Cllr Manzvanda.
Cllr Manzvanda also said that gender base violence has taken a firm root in the district.
“We’re community leaders and we have been receiving reports daily of gender base violence within homes, as our district is mainly a rural based setup this is now a cause of concern to us rural district councilors to work hand in gloves with other governments institutions.”
The Councillor appealed to the relevant authorities to make avail more projects and opportunities to women.
“I am appealing to relevant government authorities to avail more jobs and projects for women, this is only the best way of reducing violence in homes, women need projects in gardens, poultry farming and other small projects.”
The government through the Ministry of Women Affairs is running a Gender Base Violence-in Emergencies (GBV-in Emergencies) awareness program in all the districts wards. A One-Stop centre is going to be set up in all the wards where survivors would be assisted by a team of gender experts where survivors would be assisted individually.
A Padare programme, with the aim of addressing similar gender issues focusing on males is running a pilot programme in two wards before being taken to other wards.