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Coalitions Tackle GBV Through Film Series – New Zimbabwe.com

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By Paidashe Mandivengerei


LOCAL organisations, the Institute for Young Women Development (IYWD), Just Associates, Zimbabwe Coalition of Debt and Development (ZIMCODD), Southern Africa Parliamentary Support Trust (SAPST), will commemorate 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence with a movie series.

The movie series is titled; ‘Ndafunga Kure’.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that starts on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – November 25 – and runs until Human Rights Day – December 10.

The campaign calls for the elimination of violence against women and girls across the world.

The coterie of rights lobby groups Monday dropped a two-minute trailer of Ndafunga Kure, which is made up of 16 short movies and stars a rich line-up of local talented artists who include Stewart Sakarombe, Felstus Tizora, Anthony Tongai, Stelhah January, and Charles Kamara.

The short film series created by Tirivashe Mundondo was produced by TBGA – Light Images and directed by Melgin Tafirenyika.

The film soundtrack was performed by Kelvin Tapi, of the yesteryear urban grooves trio, Trinity who said the soundtrack was based on GBV cases he had witnessed.

Ndafunga Kure will premiere on November 26 at Ster Kinekor Borrowdale, Harare, and virtually on social media channels.

The aim of the production is to “create awareness among women, men and the society at large about GBV and other forms of violence, its roots, and causes, how they have increased during the Covid-19 crisis, to prevent, respond and address GBV and the other increased gender inequalities and advocate for gender equality as means to prevent any form of GBV.”

In a statement IYWD director, Glanis Changachirere said: “Ndafunga Kure awakens society to the reality of the pervasiveness of violence against women and girls.

“The film amplifies the seven #WhatWomenWant demands made by diverse Zimbabwean young women and women to end structural violence against females, and at the same time hold the local and national governments accountable on the issues.

“Tackling gender-based violence is a collective responsibility and rewriting the narrative that women and girls are not only victims/survivors, but powerful change agents who articulate their needs and wants to thrive in modern society is important”.

Cases of gender-based violence spiked during the Covid-19 related lockdown which left women and girls in a vulnerable position as they had nowhere to escape due to movement restrictions.

From the time the Covid-19 outbreak was recorded in Zimbabwe in March 2020 to December of the same year, 6 832 gender-based violence-related calls were made to the Musasa GBV hotline.

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Gujarat's first Omicron case detected in Jamnagar – Sify News

Gandhinagar, Dec 4 (IANS) Gujarat on Saturday registered first Omicron case after a Zimbabwe resident, who arrived in Jamnagar, was found infected with Covid-19’s new mutant.

The Nodal officer for Corona, GG Hospital, Jamnagar, Dr S. Chatterjee told IANS: “Samples of the 72-year-old Zimbabwe resident sent to Biotechnological Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad tested positive for Omicron. The patient is in isolation since his admission. We had traced all his close contacts, screened them and they tested negative. But we will conduct the test of all his contacts once again.”

As he had returned from Zimbabwe, an African nation and one of the “at risk” countries identified by the authorities, his samples were sent to Ahmedabad for genome sequencing, which tested positive.

The man is believed to be a native of Jamnagar who has been living in Zimbabwe for many years.

He arrived on November 28 to meet his father-in-law. After he got a fever, his doctor advised him to get an RT-PCR test done. As mandated, the private laboratory informed the health authorities that his report was Covid-19 positive.

–IANS

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Gujarat’s first Omicron case detected in Jamnagar – SocialNews.XYZ

Gujarat's first Omicron case detected in Jamnagar

Gandhinagar, Dec 4 (SocialNews.XYZ) Gujarat on Saturday registered first Omicron case after a Zimbabwe resident, who arrived in Jamnagar, was found infected with Covid-19’s new mutant.

The Nodal officer for Corona, GG Hospital, Jamnagar, Dr S. Chatterjee told IANS: “Samples of the 72-year-old Zimbabwe resident sent to Biotechnological Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad tested positive for Omicron. The patient is in isolation since his admission. We had traced all his close contacts, screened them and they tested negative. But we will conduct the test of all his contacts once again.”


As he had returned from Zimbabwe, an African nation and one of the “at risk” countries identified by the authorities, his samples were sent to Ahmedabad for genome sequencing, which tested positive.

The man is believed to be a native of Jamnagar who has been living in Zimbabwe for many years.

He arrived on November 28 to meet his father-in-law. After he got a fever, his doctor advised him to get an RT-PCR test done. As mandated, the private laboratory informed the health authorities that his report was Covid-19 positive.

Source: IANS

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Zimbabwe to start administering booster doses as Omicron variant surfaces – Sify News

Harare, Dec 4 (IANS) Zimbabwe will start administering Covid-19 booster shots to frontline workers, people with chronic diseases, and the elderly with immediate effect, a senior Ministry of Health and Child Care official said on Friday.

The announcement came as the country on Thursday confirmed its first case of the Omicron variant that was detected in neighbouring South Africa last week, Xinhua news agency reported.

“Booster doses for frontline workers, those with chronic diseases and the elderly to commence with immediate effect,” Robert Mudyiradima, the acting secretary in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, said in a statement.

Zimbabwean Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care Constantino Chiwenga on Thursday confirmed the presence of the Omicron variant in the country.

Daily cases have begun to rise sharply over the past few days from 40 on Sunday to 1,042 on Thursday.

The country says it has acquired enough Covid-19 vaccines, mainly Chinese-made, to inoculate 60 per cent of the population to achieve herd immunity.

As of Thursday, 3,829,636 people had received their first dose and 2,851,625 their second dose.

Zimbabwe’s cumulative cases stand at 136,379 with 4,707 deaths.

–IANS

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