In line with the #16days of activism against gender violence running from the 25th of November to the 10th of December 2016 ,youths have engaged each other on the ways to stop violence and some continue to raise questions surrounding this #16days of no violence against women and children.This year Youth for Innovation Trust (YIT) in collaboration with My Bulawayo took the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence to online spaces where young people actively engage with each other lately (#MakingClicktivismMatter)
One of the major issues brought by youths on social media platforms was the issue of who should be blamed for gender violence,some echoed their sentiments that it has been highly emphasised that women are more vulnerably to abuse by men, yet there are men who suffer violence in silence. According to statistics women and young girls are more likely to be violated by men as compared to Men and young boys. this study reveals that women suffer a lot many times at the hands of men.The issue of Lobola also came into play as gender equality was debated.
Is gender equality possible in this modern day society? Gender equality also known as sex equality, gender-egalitarianism. or sexual equality between male and female. This is the view that everyone should receive equal treatment and not discriminated against based on their gender.
What came under heavy spotlight amongst the discussions was the probability of gender equality being possible, and how can Youths work towards creating equality between men and women. The availability of opportunities given to the men should be at par with the opportunities given to women.
In schools the girl child suffers the most unlike their male counterparts, in the rural areas of Zimbabwe Young girls face the challenge of acquiring sanitary pads, hence resorting in the use of papers, leaves and cow dung, this has been viewed as a great disadvantage to the girl child and also part of gender violence. What is the government doing to create gender equality at a tender age in schools?
Some private non funded organisations have raised their hands in support of the girl child and embarked on the manufacturing of Sanitary pads for rural girls in Zimbabwe. This comes at a time when the girl child is facing big problems when it comes to the provision of sanitary pads.
When it comes to offering of opportunities, the young girl grows up facing all these challenges, thereby affecting her school work, her male counterparts excel and the girl child is denied opportunity. 16days of activism seeks to raise a voice amongst the youths and the elderly to stop gender violence.
Some of the #tags for this year #16days of activism are #hadituptohere – this resembling the state of tiredness expressed by the people against gender based violence (GBV).