Activists speak out against women abuse

Gender activists Wednesday launched an online campaign to speak out in speaking out against alleged violent crimes of rape and sexual assault of women by members of the army.

This comes after reports of sexual abuse of women during the army crackdown on civilians following the violent protests a fortnight ago.

Government authorities have pleaded with victims to come forward and report any case of sexual abuse.

The campaign dubbed Black Wednesday using hashtags #StandwithHER #iSpeak4Sis saw activists putting on black clothes in solidarity with victims of the army crackdown which has claimed about 12 lives.

An activist Buhle Mhlanga said violent crimes against women are not acceptable and they should be addressed because women should not be taken advantage of.

Natasha Mangachena, a Bulawayo Polytechnic student says wearing black today is important to her as it is spreading the message that the police and army should protect instead of violating women.

Another activist, Lily Sign said she is disappointed by reports of sexual abuse on women. She pointed out that women should come out in large numbers in protest against rape and sexual abuse.

Men have also been observed posting on social media in solidarity with women condemning rape against women.

Civic activist and director of the Bulawayo Vendors and Traders Association Michael Ndiweni, said men should also be part of the movement because their sisters and mothers are vulnerable to such atrocities.

Another activist Brighton Ncube, said such campaigns are important as they highlight abuse cases taking place in society.

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