Shamva District Women Affairs Welcomes Improved Services for GBV Survivors

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Shamva District Women Affairs Welcomes Improved Services for GBV Survivors

Simbisai Ndige, the District Development Officer for the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (MWACSMED) in Shamva District, has witnessed a significant transformation in the way gender-based violence (GBV) survivors are supported. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of FAWEZI and Action Aid under the Girl Supporter Project, essential services for GBV survivors have seen remarkable improvements.

“I am happy with the partitioning of our offices undertaken by FAWEZI and Action Aid under the Girl Supporter Project,” Simbisai Ndige expressed with a sense of relief and accomplishment. “Before it was one big room which I used to refer to as a ‘classroom.’ We faced challenges with helping survivors as we were all using one room; there was no privacy, especially during counselling sessions that we mainly conduct as the Ministry of Women Affairs.”

The lack of privacy had been a significant barrier to providing effective support to GBV survivors. “Sometimes I would send our officers out of the room for me to be able to talk to the survivor in privacy,” Simbisai recalled. This situation not only compromised the confidentiality essential for counselling but also hindered the overall effectiveness of their support services.

However, with the intervention from FAWEZI and Action Aid, these challenges have been addressed comprehensively. The office space has been transformed into four separate rooms, including two dedicated counselling rooms. This restructuring has significantly enhanced privacy and improved service delivery for GBV survivors.

“We now have four separate offices, including two counselling rooms,” Simbisai noted with satisfaction. “This has addressed privacy concerns and improved services for survivors of GBV.” The new counselling rooms are not just private but also well-equipped with necessary amenities such as furniture, stationery, mattresses, sanitary pads, and first aid kits. These provisions ensure that survivors receive comprehensive care in a conducive environment.

The impact of these changes is profound. Survivors now have a safe space where they can share their experiences without fear of being overheard or judged. This environment promotes trust and encourages more open communication between counsellors and survivors, which is crucial for effective healing and recovery.

Moreover, these improvements align with broader efforts by the Ministry to empower women economically and socially. By providing better support systems for GBV survivors, they are not only addressing immediate needs but also contributing to long-term empowerment and resilience building among women in Shamva District

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