[Featured Resource] Breaking the Silence on Gender-Based Violence in Zimbabwe


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This week’s featured resource is “Breaking the Silence on Gender-Based Violence in Zimbabwe: A Case Documentation on the UN Women Supported Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Project” This resource features strategies and innovation around addressing Violence against women and girls and Gender-based violence from Zimbabwe

By: Justice for Children (JCT), Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) , Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association (ZWLA)

This resource is also in solidarity with the International Day for the elimination of violence against women marked on the 25th of November.

The study focused on the progress made but lessons learnt and recommendations for responding better to the needs of GBV survivors, towards further enhancing work on dealing with GBV.

More about “Breaking the Silence on Gender-Based Violence in Zimbabwe: A Case Documentation on the UN Women Supported Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Project”

The study was in response to the high-prevalence of violence and lack of services for survivors of GBV, in 2014, the consortium of JCT, ZWLA and WLSA started implementing a Danish Development Cooperation (DANIDA) funded project – through UN Women with the below four objectives: • Strengthened community structures to prevent and respond to GBV on girls and women in three districts. • Improved access to comprehensive survivor sensitive services, including legal services for the benefit of adolescent girls, women and their children. • Strengthened evidence-based advocacy at different levels, including at community, on GBV on girls and women. • Ensuring project implementation in line with objectives, learning, sharing and accountability. This booklet presents results of the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) project profiling exercise. It is used as an advocacy and learning tool among partners and stakeholders at different levels.

The documentation methodology included literature review in which project documents such as the proposal and reports were considered. This guided the researchers in identifying stakeholders such as traditional leaders, community focal persons (CFPs) and clients with cases that the three organizations have dealt with or are dealing with in the three districts. This was followed and complemented by fieldwork during which key informant interviews (KIIs) and participatory focus group discussions (PFGDs) were held with findings being documented. The findings were then analyzed and reduced into this booklet documenting the experiences of the project and focusing on the lessons learnt and most significant change stories.

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