“The church is committing itself to tackling the harassment of women and girls in our society” said Fr Fradereck Chiromba, Secretary General ZCBC. “But first, it will take a change of our mind set: the way we view women and girls to realise that we are all equal and that we should treat each other kindly and with love. Respecting each other’s human rights. This will help us eradicate harassment, including the beatings of our girls and women in our society”
“What we can do is to demonstrate in our practise in the church that both men and women can occupy positions of leadership” said Rev Dr Kenneth Mtata, General Secretary ZCC.
Pastor Blessing Makwara, General Secretary EFZ says “within the church there are various groups, for women, men, girls and boys and the pulpit for everybody. So we are going to use these platforms to generate conversations on how we can be able to be each other’s keeper”.
The SpeakOut! campaign has been launched to coincide with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. This is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls.
Following the launch, the campaign will continue into next year. Across faith communities, there will be public awareness raising events, round table discussions, and dialogue within the Churches, from the grassroots to the leadership. The campaign will also provide training and support for handling cases of Sexual and Gender Based Violence as they arise, and to know where to refer survivors to.
We hope this campaign will have a positive and lasting impact for the women of Zimbabwe.
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