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Breaking the Silence on Gender-Based Violence in Zimbabwe: A Case Documentation on the UN Women Supported Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Project

By: Justice for Children (JCT), Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) , Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association (ZWLA)

Justice for Children (JCT) in conjunction with Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) and Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association (ZWLA) signed an agreement with UN Women to implement joint gender-based violence (GBV) project in three districts: Bindura in Mashonaland Central Province, Makoni
in Manicaland Province and Beitbridge in Matabeleland South Province.

In response to the high-prevalence of violence and lack of services for survivors of GBV, in 2014, the consortium of JCT, ZWLA and WLSA started implementing a Danish Development Cooperation (DANIDA) funded project – through UN Women.

The project has four objectives:
• Strengthened community structures to prevent and respond to GBV on girls and women in three districts.
• Improved access to comprehensive survivor sensitive services, including legal services for the benefit of adolescent girls, women and their children.
• Strengthened evidence-based advocacy at different levels, including at community, on GBV on girls and women.
• Ensuring project implementation in line with objectives, learning, sharing and accountability.

This booklet will present results of the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) project profiling exercise. It will be used as an advocacy and learning tool among partners and stakeholders at different levels.
The documentation methodology included literature review in which project documents such as the proposal and reports were considered. This guided the researchers in identifying stakeholders such as traditional leaders, community focal persons (CFPs) and clients with cases that the three organisations have dealt with or are dealing with in the three districts. This was followed and complemented by fieldwork during which key informant interviews (KIIs) and participatory focus group discussions (PFGDs) were held with findings being documented. The findings were then analysed and reduced into this booklet documenting the experiences of the project and focusing on the lessons learnt and most significant change stories.

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