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    Thursday, 6 December 2018

    16 Days of Activism; Masvingo women leave pants on washing line

    Some of the clothes hanged on the washing line across town.

    Masvingo women who organized the launch of this year’s 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV) came up with a novel idea.
    They put a washing line along Robert Mugabe, the main street in the CBD and left women’s clothes hanging from there.
    The women had wanted to leave pants and braas on the washing line but were stopped from doing so.
    The sight of the clothes sent tongues wagging with residents making all sorts of speculation about what was happening. Some said the clothes were left by someone trying to cleanse his family of bad spirits while others thought it could be some mentally challenged person who made the line and left the clothes there.
    Whatever the speculation, the idea worked as people soon realised that it was only a creation to help commemorate the 16 days of GBV.
    Joseph Mapinga said the meaning of the clothes on the line is that women and men should come out in the open whenever they are abused. She said that gender based violence should be brought into the public sphere.
    The residents of Masvingo also launched the 16 days of activism against GBV. Led by the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, and Small and Medium Enterprise Development the launch took place on Monday.
    The theme for the year is, create zero tolerance to sexual harassment in the work place be it formal or non formal working environment.
    The event was officiated by the Minister of State for Masvingo, Ezra Chadzamira.
    Women and men marched through the streets starting from Caravan Park to Masvingo Central Police Station and then gathered at the Civic Centre.
    The turnout was significantly higher than that of last year.
    Mutimurefu inmates were among various groups that performed at the event.
    “Everyone is either affected or infected so let us unite and fight against sexual and gender based violence, united we stand, divided we fall said,” Nyasha Marumbi.
    The 16 days of activism against gender based violence is a United Nations calendar programme which runs from November 25 to December 10 of every year.
    These 16 days are meant to provide a platform for stakeholders working on GBV issues to dialogue and share new effective strategies, to raise awareness on national response programme and to address GBV.
    They are also meant to strengthen local work around service provision for GBV survivors and to demonstrate solidarity with the survivors.
    One example was the case of Lucy Duve, a Gweru lawyer who was allegedly killed by her boyfriend two weeks ago.

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