No to Gender Based Violence against Persons With Disabilities
Takunda D. Ndumiyana
Persons with Disabilities in Chimanimani and Chipinge are calling for people to shun Gender Based Violence against Persons With Disabilities. This was echoed by the Chairperson of Chimanimani District Disability Committee, Mr Tapiwa Sigauke in an interview with this publication.
“During 16 Day of activism against Gender Based Violence which started on November 25 and shall end on December 10, 2022, we encourage people to also focus on Women and Girls With Disabilities.
“If Gender Based Violence can affect most women without impairments, how much does it affect Women and Girls With Disabilities? The world has to think further and incorporate our constituency of Persons With Disabilities,” he said.
Mr Sigauke also indicated that Persons With Disabilities in Chimanimani and Chipinge were severely affected by the devastating Tropical Cyclone Idai followed by the global Corona Virus pandemic.
“Tropical Cyclone Idai which killed hundreds of people in Chimanimani and Chipinge districts didn’t spare Persons With Disabilities. They also suffered during Corona Virus period. Reports from across the country indicate that Gender Based Violence increased in the homes during Corona Virus lockdowns. Our members were also affected,” added Sigauke.