The opposition MDC Alliance has called for justice for its youth leaders – Joanna Mamombe, Cecelia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova – who are facing trial for allegedly faking an abduction.
In a statement in commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, MDC Alliance’s Assembly of Women spokesperson, Barbara Tanyanyiwa described the three youth activists as victims of state sponsored GBV.
The day is commemorated on November 25, and marks the beginning of the 16 days of Activism against Gender-based Violence.
Mamombe, Chimbiri and Marova were allegedly abducted by State agents in May after staging an illegal demonstration in Warren Park violating COVID-19 lockdown regulations. The three were arrested on charges of faking an abduction after they resurfaced days later and the case is still ongoing.
“We call upon the state to bring the perpetrators of their abduction, torture and sexual assault to book and for government state agencies and all members of society to respect the rights and personal security of women.
“We will continue to fight for a people’s government that respects the fundamental rights of women and all survivors of GBV, regardless of gender,” Tanyanyiwa said.
MDC Alliance described GBV as a violation of a number of human rights, including the right to life, the right to equal protection and benefit of the law, freedom against inhuman and degrading treatment and the right to dignity.
This year’s commemorations are being held under the theme: “Orange the World; End violence against Women and girls!” The colour orange is being used to raise awareness on GBV.
This year’s commemorations are being held at a time the whole world has spent most of the year under lockdown due to the outbreak of COVID-19 which has seen an increase in incidences of GBV cases.