First Lady Dr Auxillia Mnangagwa taught girls how to prepare samp in peanut butter, one of the traditional dishes prepared during nhanga programme she organised in Shamva…
In a statement sometime speaking to MSU students too she said:We need to remove the myths which fuel GBV such as the misplaced notion that victims of sexual abuse have themselves to blame because of how they dress.
“The violence manifests in many ways such as female students being forced to have sexual intercourse with older men, being forced into drinking alcohol or ingesting drugs to be sexually assaulted, being forced to terminate unwanted pregnancies, being forced to have sexual intercourse for good marks.
“A violence-free, gender-responsive and inclusive Zimbabwe is possible if we join our hands and minds to make this a lived reality.
“Indigenous knowledge systems play a critical role in tackling GBV, very often, our traditional cultural beliefs and practices have been blamed for fueling GBV.
“African concepts, ideas, values, beliefs and systems of knowledge hold the keys to a society free from GBV.
“My project, Nhanga/Gota/Ixibha was introduced to fight harmful practices endangering social norms and values among youths notably GBV and sexual harassment.
“Our hope is that once young women and men enter tertiary institutions, they are well equipped to deal with issues of sexual harassment and GBV and be change-makers, “said Dr Mnangagwa.