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‘Exited’ UK and EU Guaranteeing Zim Gender Based Violence Mitigation


European Union member states and ‘exited’ United Kingdom are continually steering Government and Civic Society; grants, humanitarian aid, intellectual, technical, infrastructural as socio-economical development and political support for the fight against gender based violence, as highlighted by the United Nations Country Representative to Zimbabwe Edward Kallon at the ‘HeandShe’ business forum in Harare held as part of the annual 16 Days Against Gender Based Violence GBV campaign.


Incepting his address at a #16DaysagainstGBV women in business commemorative dialogue, the United Nations Country Representative Edward Kallon emphasised that “Allow me from the outset to commend the excellent work done by the outgoing Deputy Head of Mission of the UK during his tenure as the chair of the HeForShe diplomats forum for his services.I would like to also commend the EU Ambassador and Head of Delegation to Zimbabwe for graciously taking the role of Chairing the HeForShe Diplomats forum”.


The Country Representative further emphasised that “Gender inequality and violence against women and girls remain major drivers of poverty, destitution, and under-development. SDG 5, Gender Equality is that fine thread that weave together the 17 SDGs. In line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN works to support national development priorities, including ending poverty, improving health, and human development by empowering women and engaging boys and men.”


The United Nations to Zimbabwe further highlighted that the fight against GBV was key to Socio-economical and political development as;

“Without the empowerment of women and engagement in productive sectors of the economy the SDGs cannot be achieved. According to UN Women, achieving gender equality requires an inclusive approach that both recognizes men and boys as partners for women’s rights, and acknowledges how they stand to benefit from greater equality.”


The United Nations further called on Zimbabwean’s to join the #Heforshe campaign as it seeks to generate awareness and empowerment across gender.


“The HeForShe campaign is an invitation for men and people of all genders to stand in solidarity with women and girls to create a bold, visible, and united force for gender equality. The objective is to change discriminatory behaviors, through building awareness of the importance of gender equality and women’s empowerment and the crucial role men can play in their own lives, and at more structural levels in their communities, to end the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls.” Country Representative Edward Kallon further said.


The United Nations Country Representative Edward Kallon further commended Zimbabwe’s response to GBV and reinforced the call for affiliation to the #Heforshe campaign as it aimed at defeating GBV through empowerment.


“In this regard, allow me to call on all Zimbabweans to pledge their commitment to gender equality and end violence against women and girls by joining the #HeForShe movement and enhance advocacy at all levels in Zimbabwe to seeks to, Accelerate women’s economic empowerment, Support women’s role in peace and security processes, Advance women’s political participation and leadership, Eliminate gender-based violence.
The fight against GBV was viewed as deep-rooted in culture and perceived normalcy hence required a unified resort to counter with the inclusion of boys and men.


“Many members of society participate in reinforcing harmful social norms such as gender-based violence and shifting these norms requires the full participation of everyone, male and female, old and young. We witnessed during the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of engaging boys, and men in protecting their families and communities from gender-based violence and ensuring access to basic service cannot be overemphasized.”


UK, European Union Country’s, and the United States of America remain some of the major donor funders to Zimbabwe through the United Nations, Government and CSO Grants among other partnership s despite Zimbabwe’s call for removal of sanctions and hope’s of a ‘open for business mantra’ that outpaces the look East policy as the world Aspires for sustainable development.


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