‘Political instability worsens domestic violence’

December 5, 2011 at 12:21 pm Leave a comment

BY MARTIN MULEYA
MUTARE — Mounting cases of domestic violence are closely linked to
increasing political violence that has bedevilled the country for the past
decade, gender activists said last week.

Speaking at the commemoration of 16 days of activism against gender-based
violence in Mutare last week, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
Mutare legal projects director Memory Mandingwa said violent behaviour,
which usually starts at a tender age, must be curtailed at home.

She said children learn “what they live”. “We are conscious of the fact that
gender-based violence is an issue on our national calendar. Lives of young
people have been lost and others have been confined to the jails. It all
begins in the home, then into the nation,” said Mandingwa, adding that the
16 days of activism were driven by the passion to curb gender-based violence
in the society.

The commemorations were held under the theme, “From peace in the home to
peace in the world. Let’s end domestic violence against women.”
Mandingwa said violence is destructive in nature and urged human rights
activist groups to let the commemorations usher in a new dispensation where
society reflect on what happens to children as this has a bearing on what
they will do in future.

President Robert Mugabe (pictured), Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and
Deputy Prime Minister Professor Arthur Mutambara recently convened a
political violence indaba in an effort to curb violence in the country.

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