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GENDER PROJECT

 

Purpose:

  • Strive to end violence and abuse against women and children
  •  provide crisis intervention to victims of domestic and political violence
  • Act as a public advocate for women's issues - community educator and lobby and gender bias
  • Raise public awareness of implications of family violence, so as to control/prevent its occurrence and promote healthy non-violent family life
  • Provide counseling, education and support services for abused women and their families.
  • Empower women and educate them on gender and development issues.

 

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In its entirety, the CCRD supports the local, national, regional and continental initiatives directed at eradicating all forms of discrimination against women in Zimbabwe. The women of Zimbabwe face a wide range of discriminatory practices that cloud their entire existence. The history of women’s rights in Zimbabwe is not a cheerful one, but the country currently stands at a crossroads which could lead to a far more equal society. For example, despite improved chances of securing sentences, domestic abuse is still a horrendous reality for many women in Zimbabwe.
According to the latest statistics, women are raped in cases of political reprisals, in the home by some relative and through robberies. Unfortunately, most of these rape cases never come to light because the women and their families do not allow them to or for fear of recrimination. No police case is filed, no trial takes place and no one is brought to justice. Shock, shame and fear of both social stigma and of being raped again as a reprisal dissuade the majority of rape victims from reporting the crime. CCRD is active on both sides of this issue, advocating change and promoting awareness, as well as directly intervening in individual cases of abuse.
Further, discrimination of women is seen in the traditional treatment of women. It can be seen at all ages and stages of development for women. With regards to the traditional system, women still face tremendous social barriers to securing their property particularly in cases where their spouses pass on. Many are denied access to formal employment and reproductive rights.
This project also entails taking into account and examining the relationships between men and women as well as boys and girls.  It empowers women to improve their lives, strengthen their families and their communities through practical programs to reduce their vulnerability.
In addition, the project promotes healing and reconciliation by assisting community members within targeted communities and institutions as well as disadvantaged women and girls to cope with their emotional as well as psychological effects of domestic and political conflict through psychosocial programs and counseling services.