We Say No to All Forms of Gender Based Violence Done Against Girls and Young Mothers
Rozaria Memorial Trust joins the world in commemorating the 16 Days of Activism, against Gender Based Violence under the theme “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for all.” We acknowledge that there is significant work describing how early and forced marriage is a development and human rights issue. With its consequences to the individual girls and their families being well documented.
A global movement on ending early and forced marriage emerged in the last five years pushing for a strong policy commitment, resulting in inclusion of child marriage within Sustainable Development Goal 5 “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”.
Child Marriages are a major form of Gender Based Violence affecting a multitude of girls in the rural communities of Murewa and Shamva Districts. It shows itself in multiple forms of physical and emotional abuse from partners, in laws, duty bearers and community at large. This type of violence is part of the daily lives of girls and young women who have experienced child marriages, causing deep seated trauma and stress.
As a Trust, we recognize that education and economic empowerment is one of the key mitigating approaches in fighting violence and the exclusion of girls and young women. This hinders their voice, rights and opportunities in life. Building on this solid observation, Rozaria Memorial Trust is galvanizing its efforts during the 16 Days Campaign to bring to light to multiple forms of Gender Based Violence against girls and young mothers. This also includes those who experienced child marriages and are frying to re-enter to formal education.
With Rozaria Memorial Trust working towards supporting re-entry of young girls, it has been observed that there is widespread Gender Based Violence associated with the process. There are multiple forms of physical and emotional abuse which they navigate through the process of going back to school. Stigma and discrimination is very high in schools, home and community with labeling being the order of the day.
As we commemorate 16 Days of Activism against GBV, we call upon the building of a strong case against this Gender Based Violence in order to allow the survivors of child marriages to reach their full potential. There is need to generate urgency and call for the shifting of patriarchal and discrimination to bridge the current gaps in the re-entry policy in education to have a positive shift.
Harnessing the full productive potential of rural young women who experienced child marriages is important in the rebuilding of their social and economic nets. In the campaign of 16 days of activism, Rozaria Memorial Trust has a series of events which include:
- 1-2 December: workshop, dialogue and team building in Rozaria Girls Clubs and Young mothers clubs in Shamva.
- 7-8 December: High level inter-district Policy dialogue on child marriage, education and violence against women in Murewa at Magaya Primary School.
- 10 December: #callitout#, event to encourage calling out and reporting gender based violence in Harare #Launch of RGC Nkwisi
You are all invited to commemorate with us in these events……