Sexual violence is seldom about the sexual act itself but about power and humiliation regardless of whether it is performed against a woman or a man. It is acknowledged, but not well documented, that men suffer from sexual violence perpetrated by other men during conflict, be in armed conflict or low level political conflict as the Zimbabwe context.
In all the hullabaloo over the O-Level results, and the very frank discussion at SAPES over what needs to be done, it should be pointed out that one factor disadvantaging our school children, both secondary and primary, is their exposure to political violence. Education requires a safe and peaceful environment if children are to make the most of any system of learning.
The Deputy Minister of Education, Lazurus Dokora was quoted as saying, ““We cannot have a situation whereby the country is held at ransom by individuals who spent three years of their lives training to be teachers but later choose to sit at home while waiting to get a place to teach in Harare…” Minister Dokora was responding to a comment on an article which said that qualified secondary school teachers are shunning deployment in rural schools. What Minister Dokora is forgetting is that threats don’t work to solve problems, especially considering that the teachers’ concerns are mostly genu
Our blog today is a summary of our latest report on the effects of political violence experienced in schools and especially the effects on children who witness this violence:
"In a crisis, education is the strongest investment that can be made to reduce poverty."
-Carol Bellamy, Chair for the Global Partnership for Education
On Wednesday 31st of October it was alleged that a group of ZANU-PF youth broke into the home of the MDC treasurer and brutally assaulted him and his wife in Kadoma. The youth are also accused of having stolen some of the couple’s valuables. There has been speculation about whether the act was politically motivated or just another criminal act, the motive being very important information needed for investigations conducted.
Today is World Mental Health Day with this year's theme being "Depression: A Global Crisis".
The aim of having a day which highlights Mental Health and especially depression is to raise awareness and bring this important health issue, which is often trivialised, into the open to get people talking about and understanding it.
Whilst the principals can sit and make decisions about having elections in 2013, the common Zimbabwean begins to shudder at the thought. My first thought was- not again! Lest these three gentlemen forget, it is the last election that caused us great scars as a nation that we had to set up an Organ on National Healing. Whether the Organ effectively healed the scars or not is another issue but that the scars that our society incurred in 2008 ran deep remains fact.
According to http://www.swradioafrica.com two suspected killers of the MDC-T official Cephas Magura died within two days of each other under mysterious circumstances. Eric Katiza, one of the seven arrested over the murder, collapsed and died while on remand, in Mutoko Prison on Tuesday 10th July 2012. His uncle Tangwe Chionerwa, also implicated in Magura’s death, later collapsed and died at the funeral.
The political arena is so unpredictable; the very people who applauded the corrupt, office bearers can tomorrow turn against them.
Max was indeed a hero and martyr…What I found distasteful however was the sudden, unashamed change of front among the very people who had stood by and watched him die.
What kind of societies are we living in where women and girls are subjected to sexual gender based violence (SGBV) without any hope of remedy, reparations or of seeing the perpetrators brought to justice?