Zimbabwe Gender Commission and Harare Polytechnic Unite to eliminate GBV and sexual harassment
By Ropafadzo Hungwe
The Zimbabwe Gender Commission (ZGC) and Harare Polytechnic staff and students teamed up for a clean-up campaign at the Polytechnic campus on Friday, aiming to eliminate gender-based violence (GBV) and sexual harassment in educational institutions.
ZGC Chairperson Margaret Sangarwe-Mukahanana emphasised the importance of the clean-up day, which the President declared to be observed on the first Friday of every month. She explained that GBV and sexual harassment are systematic barriers to promoting gender equality and that people have to be deliberate about putting in place enabling mechanisms to mitigate them.
“As a commission, we recognise that sexual harassment is rampant in tertiary institutions, so we decided to come and raise awareness, and eradicate this menace. We also encourage the students and staff to make use of our toll-free number, 08080131, to report any cases of GBV and sexual harassment. We are committed to protecting your rights and dignity,” she stated.
The clean-up campaign was part of the ZGC’s ongoing programme of engaging with tertiary institutions and other stakeholders to tackle the challenges of GBV and sexual harassment and to foster gender mainstreaming and equality in all sectors of society.