Southern African Regional Caucus Chairperson at the Pan African Parliament Cde Auxilia Mnangagwa has called on African states to address Gender Based-Violence (GBV) through appropriate measures such as policies, sensitisation and civic education programmes at continental, regional and national levels.
Cde Mnangagwa, who is also the legislator for Chirumhanzu-Zibagwe currently attending the Pan African Parliament Committees seating in Midrand, South Africa, called on parliamentarians to be pro-active in monitoring implementation of GBV policies in their member states.
She also said fighting GBV is also one of the aspirations contained in the Agenda 2063 adopted by the AU that underpins the promotion of gender equality and respect of human rights.
Global estimates published by the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicate that out of 35 percent of women worldwide who have experienced either physical or sexual abuse in their lifetime, 45,6 percent of these women are from Africa.
Cde Mnangagwa emphasized that most victims of gender-based violence suffer severe sexual and reproductive health consequences, including forced and unwanted pregnancies, early and forced marriages, unsafe abortions, sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and even death.