National Assembly, Thursday 4th March 2021
LEVEL OF PUBLIC SERVICE DELIVERY RELATED TO SEXUAL AND GENDER BASED VIOLENCE IN THIS COVID-19 PANDEMIC
THE MINISTER OF WOMEN’S AFFAIRS, COMMUNITY, SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES DEVELOPMENT (HON. DR. NYONI): Thank you Mr. Speaker Sir. May I, on the onset, express my gratitude to the Parliamentary Committee on Women Affairs, Community Small and Medium Enterprise development for a very comprehensive and informative report that they presented in relation to visits that they carried out to ascertain the level of public service delivery related to sexual and gender based violence in this COVID-19 pandemic.
We acknowledge that this is a time of great anxiety, uncertainty and stress for many as normal life routines are changed. Women and girls who constitute the greater percentage of GBV survivors find themselves trapped in homes with abusive husbands, fathers, brothers and family members with limited access to protection and support services.
I concur, Mr. Speaker Sir, with the report as we have indeed witnessed unprecedented incidents of rape during this period. The Victim Friendly Unit of the Zimbabwe Republic Police received 1 222 cases of rape in the third quarter of 2020 and in the fourth quarter they received 1 274 cases country wide. Alarming figures of rape of girls below the age of 18 were as follows: