The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.
Have you been tricked before or lost money to people masquerading as lawyers, court staff or people of the law at local courts? Catch in collaboration with Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association, Legal Resources Foundation and other partners are working tirelessly to sensitize and educate communities about the existence of these people.
Many people have lost assets and money to fraudsters parading as legal practitioners at courts taking advantage of the vulnerable in need of legal aid or advice. This week remember to tune into 98.4 FM Midlands and be part of the discussion commencing from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm. Under the wing of the Help Desk Initiative, we are offering free legal advice and other services being administered by qualified legal practitioners.
Every five minutes a child dies from violence. Around the world a staggering 1.7 billion children experience violence every single year. In every country and culture, children are facing abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence. Violations include sexual exploitation and abuse, trafficking, physical and humiliating punishment, harmful traditional practices such as early marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting and recruitment into armed forces and groups.
Every child has the right to be safe. CATCH and other partners work to ensure that violence against children is no longer tolerated. We work with children, families, communities, and societies to put in place laws, policies, and services to support children, and promote social norms and attitude changes. We work to prevent and respond to all forms of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and violence affecting children.
VAGARI vemuEpworth vakaparidzirwa mashoko ari pamusoro pechirwere cheCovid-19 uye kurwisa nyaya dzemhirizhoga nesangano reCare At The Core of Humanity (CATCH).
CATCH isangano rinopa rutsigiro rwemagweta kuvana vanenge vatyora mutemo kana kuti vari mumajeri.
VaMaxwell Chambari – avo vanova muvambi weCATCH – vanoti chirongwa ichi chakauya mushure mekuona mukaha mukuru uripo muvagari vemuEpworth pakurwisa Covid-19 uye kuwanda kwemhirizhonga.
“Izvi tiri kuzviita pasi pechirongwa chatinodaidza kuti ‘Safe and Inclusive Cities Initiative’ mushure mekunge vakumbira kuti tiite zvirongwa zvekurwisa cheCovid-19 munzvimbo iyi, zvose nemhirizhonga. Takatenderera tichikusha mashoko echenjedzo nenyaya mbiri idzi, kunyanya tichikurudzira kuti vanhu vadzimhan’are kumapurisa pane kunyarara.
“Mhirizhonga hadzingobati madzimai bedzi saka tinokurudzira varume kuti vasafire mumwoyo, asi kuti vabatsirwe nenguva,” vanodaro.
Vanoti kazhinji varume vanozongoonekwa vazvisungirira zvichitevera kushungurudzika nemhirizhonga kwenguva refu vasingabude pachena.
Mukuparidza mashoko aya, sangano iri rakabatsirana nebandiko remapurisa reVictim Friendly Unit (VFU), chikamu cheSocial Welfare, bazi rinoona nezvemadzimai nePlan International.
“Kuburikidza nemakambani aya, takadzidza kuti vagari vemuEpworth vazhinji havasi kutevedza mirawu yakatarwa nesangano reWorld Health Organisation (WHO) pakudzivirira Covid-19. Vabereki nevana tinovaona vasina kupfeka mamasiki uye vanofarira kuungana zvinova zvakati siyanei nepatakaenda kuChitungwiza uko takaona vazhinji vachiratidza kutevedza izvi.
“KuEpworth vanhu vacho havana hanya nemamasiki zvisinei nekuti mapurisa ataive nawo ayo ainge akapfeka yunifomu aivakomekedza.”
VaChambari vanoti pahurukuro dzavakaita nemapurisa eko, vakadzidza kuti Epworth ine kamba imwe chete yemapurisa zvisinei nekuti kunoparwa mhosva dzakawanda.
“Zvakaonekwazve kuti munguva ino ye’lockdown’, mapurisa ekuEpworth ari kutambira nyaya mbiri pazuva dzechibharo nokudaro tinotarisira kuti zvirongwa zvatakaita zvichaunza shanduko kuvapari vemhosva nekupawo veruzhinji chenjedzo,” vanodaro.
VaShingirai Paungano, vanova district officer kuDepartment of Social Welfare, vanoti vana vanoda chengetedzo yakasimba munguva ino.
“Ino inguva yakaoma zvikuru kuvana sezvo vasiri kuenda kuchikoro vachiswera mudzimba munova imo mune vanovambunyikidza. Kazhinji tinotambira nyaya dzevana vanombunyikidzwa nevanhu vehukama, zvikuru vari munharaunda dzavanogara. Vabereki ngatirambei tichitsigira vana munyaya dzedzidzo nekuvapa tarisiro yekuti rimwe remazuva vachazodzokera kuchikoro pane kuvashandisa mabasa akaomarara.
“Tinoona vana vakawanda vari kuswera kuzvibhorani nekumisika zvinopa mikana yekuti vambunyikidzwe nenzira dzechibharo, kurohwa kana kutukwa,” vanodaro.
Vanoshora tsika yevamwe vabereki avo vari kurara mumba mumwe chete nevana vavo vachiti zvinokonzera kuti vana vazoita zvepabonde.
Are you aware of the current situation in prisons due to COVID-19? If you are interested in knowing more, make sure to join us as we discuss the situation with experts from different organizations working together with prison services.
Remember the date and join the discussion.!!!
Are you in need of Legal Advice or Legal Aid ? CATCH offers free legal aid and counseling through its Help Desk initiative. The Help Desk is operating at designated areas mainly Gweru, Shurugwi, Chipinge, Rusape, Gutu, Chitungwiza, Esigodini, and Harare Civil Courts. These Help Desks are conducted by qualified legal officers.
Do not be stuck or remain in silence when you are in need of Legal advice. Contact us by any means feasible to you. We have social media accounts and an interactive website that enables you to send messages to us. Through our layering programming, the Help Desk can be your point of entry for being our service recipient.
“The face of Children’s Rights in Zimbabwe”
Care At The Core of Humanity (CATCH) is playing a pivotal role in emancipating and providing legal aid to help children in Zimbabwe.
Maxwell Chambari the Executive Director told Bulawayo24.com that their organization is giving downtrodden children legal representation, advice, and counseling.
“We are running a project called Access to justice for children”.
The program helps children alleged to have committed a crime or those who would have committed crime, we assist them from the point of arrest throughout the judicial process”, Chambari said.
Chambari highlighted that as an organization they are facing transport challenges to transport to and from court sessions since they have limited funding.
He further stipulated that there is gross stereotype towards children who misbehave and urge the society to embrace and support children in an case.
CATCH was formed in 2007 with the goal to save and advice children with legal advice.
Source – Tarisai Mudahondo
As promised when we did our awareness campaign on COVID-19 and Gender-Based Violence in Harare South District, we mentioned that Chitungwiza will be the next location we fulfilled our word.
It was a long and fruitful day graced with the City Health Department, Victim Friendly Unit, Ministry Of Women Affairs, and CATCH’s Director and Team. The aim of this campaign was to strengthen the already existing strategies in educating people on GBV and COVID-19. Much to our amazement was the presence of large gatherings of people in their designated business areas few with face masks and the majority without and social distancing is a foreign thing.
CATCH had an opportunity to sensitize the crowds on the importance of maintaining social distance and wearing face masks. Surgical face masks were distributed and IEC material as well. Religious sectors were encouraged to wear masks and observe social distancing during church services as this is a regulation for everyone at all times.
We thank You Chitungwiza see you in Epworth!!!