#EndDomesticSilence, #SendTheMessage, #FromOurWomen, #EndGBV, #Consent, #MeToo #Survivors, #TellingOurStories
By Alex Gwaze, Noxolo Sibanda, and Joanne Peters
Gender-based violence (GBV) is Zimbabwe’s “unspeakable” silent pandemic. Currently, 1 in 3 Zimbabwean women have experienced physical violence and 1 in 4 have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15. However, these figures are likely to be higher because the trauma of the experience, combined with a culture of self-silencing – especially in relationships, schools, and in the workplace – has made it difficult for some survivors to speak out. One of the first steps towards healing is an honest conversation, however, breaking the silence can be an upsetting and painful experience, emotionally and physically, if it is rushed. That is why we at MUD&Co have created a safe and anonymous space for survivors to tell their story under very strict confidentiality, in their own time – in their own words, without being pressured or prompted to answer questions. Sharing your story not only brings healing to yourself, it also provides hope to current victims, and fosters solidarity amongst fellow survivors. So, if you have survived physical, emotional, or verbal abuse at the hands of your partner, husband, boss, teacher, stranger, or boyfriend – please help us fight #domesticsilence through this project.
We are currently working on a multimedia documentary project whose goal is to tell Zimbabwean survivors’ stories. The objectives of this project are to – a) document the voices of the silent majority, b) to spread awareness about the GBV pandemic, and c) to foster a culture of speaking up. Excerpts from our previous work on GBV – the”Pink Portraits” from the #FOROURWOMEN GBV dedications e-book – were exhibited at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare’s “#BalanceForBetter : Redesigning A Woman’s Space” exhibition, in 2019 (links below). Through #FROMOURWOMEN, we can continue the fight against GBV, but we need your help. Please share your story with us if you feel you are ready. You can copy and paste your story via TEXT into the Google form (link below). Or you can TEXT or SEND A VOICE NOTE to +263773432955. Our rules are no names, no places, only your age – (all names and places and any identifying information will be removed / censored). Please note by submitting your story you GIVE US PERMISSION TO USE THE STORY for our project.
To help us you can use one of the TWO options below:
OPTION ONE: GOOGLE FORM LINK:
OPTION TWO: WHATSAPP MESSAGE DIRECT LINK:
Thank you for sharing. The deadline for participation is the 30th of July, 2021. The project will be completed by the 1st of July, 2022. Below are the links to previous works we have done to combat GBV.
- ○ #MenAreTrash : An Introduction _ https://youtu.be/rwsTuW9ihfI
- #ForOurWomen GBV dedications Photobook: https://mudjournal.org/2019/03/05/forourwomen-book/
- National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare’s “#BalanceForBetter, Re-designing A Woman’s space” exhibition: https://www.sundaymail.co.zw/exhibition-explores-gender-equality.
IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF HELP:
Zimbabwe Republic Police
The Childline 116 Helpline
This is a free telephone-based crisis line that is available 24hours a day, every day of the year. Trained volunteer counsellors provide multi-lingual counselling in English, Shona and Ndebele. 116 is available from all phones operating in Zimbabwe (including fixed Telone landlines and all cell phones despite if you subscribe to Econet, Netone or Telecel mobile networks).
Counselling: +263 732 116 116
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Anti Domestic Violence Council of Zimbabwe
Phone numbers: 263-04 700095 OR 708666
Phone numbers: +263-04-788123/5, 776127 and +263- 772164448/9
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