ZCIEA Youth Chamber Statement on the 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence.
Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA) a representative body of informal sector workers in Zimbabwe joins the world in commemorating the 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence(GBV). As ZCIEA youth chamber we consider the commemorative period as an instrument to highlight the significance of the subject matter, however, our view is the activism, lobby and advocacy should take place 365 days a year, 7days a week, and 24 hours a day.
We don’t view Gender-Based Violence as assuming a feminal stereotype but rather affects all human beings regardless of biological construction. Nonetheless, research shows the infractions are well pronounced against women and girls due to either tradition and some cultural norms. In the modern world, we join progressive forces to frown upon such dehumanizing behaviors.
In our Zimbabwean society where unemployment is around a breathtaking 90% and the majority now resorting to vending in the streets and this group is predominantly women and the girl child, we take this opportunity as ZCIEA youth chamber to bring our loud voice to the attention of the Zimbabwean Government to spare a thought for this group of our society who are genuinely fending for their families.
Young women are suffering a lot of abuse at the hands of the security forces who confiscate their wares and in many instances suffer physical abuse. Our message to the authorities is simple, create a safe environment for informal traders especially women to allow them to fend for their families.
As we join the world in these salient commemorative days against gender-based violence we encourage the continued enhancement of mechanisms to stem the scourge of gender-based violence and to condemn violence against any human being in any form.
For and on behalf of ZCIEA
ZCIEA National Youth ChairZCIEA YOUTH STATEMENT ON 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM