Women in Matobo District should vote yes for the constitution as it guarantees and protects rights of women and children, a government official has said.
Hon Jessie Majome, the Deputy Minister of Women's Affairs, Gender and Community Development said at a function organised by women in Matobo constituency as a belated commemoration of the 16 days of activism against gender violence.
"I am aware that women and children suffer most from domestic violence in this area. The draft constitution has specific clauses that guarantee the safety of all persons especially women and children. As such it is therefore important that every one of you votes yes for this constitution," Hon Majome said.
Hon Majome expressed disappointment at the spiralling rate of domestic violence in the area. She said domestic violence is against the law and all cases should be reported to the police. She urged all members of the public to be on the lookout for cases of domestic violence and engage community leaders to curb such occurrences.
Also speaking at the same function Senator for Matobo District MDC's Sithembile Mlotshwa said the levels of domestic violence in the area are alarming. She revealed that recently three children were hacked to death by a family member in cold blood. She urged members of the community to create a conducive environment for families.
"If we do not protect each other there will not have development in this area. As the festive season beckons, it is critical for all people to enjoy responsibly and shun violence"
Women present highlighted to the minister that they do not have information on domestic violence and processes to be followed if someone is under constant abuse. They indicated to the minister that they intend to engage in sporting activities so that they can be able to build their self esteem and subsequently be able to make decisions in their lives.
Hon Majome indicated that her ministry will work closely with women in Matobo to ensure that they are not left behind on projects and programmes that develop them and horns their skills on making meaningful decisions in life.