Churches The Voice For The Voiceless
As the church, we are protecting gender-based violence survivors. We ensure that they confidentially report the incidence and have timely,non-discriminatory access to services and support, including legal, psychological, material assistance as well as safe spaces where needed.
By Nkhosiilathi Ncube
My name is Jayn Ngomashi, l am an elder with Zaoga Forward In Faith Church in Zimbabwe.
As the church we introduced a program called speak out of the box "kubuda mubox" whereby all the women inside and outside the church get to reveal their problems regarding sexual gender-based violence to the tasked district pastor's office every Sunday after church.
Preventing and responding to sexual gender-based violence is a core component of "kubuda mubox" program.
This is helpful since we managed to help a number of women who revealed their problems. If the perpetrator is a member of the church, we keep him under a disciplinary punishment where he will be prohibited to do any duty in the church for a certain period and we take other legal measures to discipline him.