Central West Region female police officers on Wednesday held a solidarity march 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) commemorations.
Speaking during the march, which started from Chitsime Police Unit to the regional headquarters, team leader Emmie Soko, who is officer-in-charge for Lingadzi Police Station, said police women are alarmed by the increasing cases GBV; hence, joining the calls to end the vice.
She said: “Women are being beaten and maimed by their partners every day. It is so shocking. Girls are being subjected to sexual violence.
“So, as police women we have decided to raise awareness through this solidarity march. We need to end these attacks as women and children have rights too.”
Soko advised victimised women and children to report their perpetrators to police to receive justice.
“Some victims choose to suffer in silence for the sake of their marriages. This is no longer the time to hide pain and suffering. It is time to report such perpetrators to authorities,” she said.
Before the march, the police officers cheered 18-year-old Mayankho Chikumbutso, who was severely wounded on both arms by her husband for refusing to stop using contraceptives.
The husband is currently in police custody awaiting full trial.