13 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Zim to Support Valentine Campaign to End Violence Against Women

Hundreds of Zimbabweans are expected to gather at the National Art Gallery in Harare tomorrow, as the global campaign to end violence against women and girls comes to a climax.

The event is being coordinated by Her Zimbabwe, as part of the One Billion Rising global initiative, which aims to get at least one billion supporters worldwide to rise up collectively to highlight the plight of women.

It is estimated that of the 3.5 billion women in the world, at least one billion will suffer some form of physical violence in their lives. The initiative pays tribute to these women and hopes to involve anyone who cares, to do something on Valentine's Day.

Tabitha Khumalo, the MDC-T MP for Bulawayo East, hailed the efforts by Her Zimbabwe and called on all Zimbabweans to support Thursdays event. She also called on Zimbabweans not to forget the plight of those men who are victims of physical abuse.

She told SW Radio Africa Wednesday that while a lot is being done by civil society and the government, what is needed is a change of mindset among Zimbabweans so that we address the root cause, rather than the symptoms, of gender violence.

Meanwhile, it is expected that people from 172 countries worldwide will rise up in common purpose tomorrow and, through music, dance and other activities demand an end to the violence. The event organized by Her Zimbabwe takes place between noon and 2pm.

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