Zimbabwe’s Violence Against Children Survey was completed in 2012.
The survey findings indicate:
- About 1 in 3 females and 1 in 10 males, aged 18-24 reported experiencing sexual violence prior to age 18.
- Of those aged 18-24 years who had their sexual debut prior to age 18, nearly 41 percent of females and 7 percent of the males had unwanted first sexual intercourse.
- Almost two thirds of the females and three-quarters of the males aged 18-24 years experienced physical violence prior to age 18.
Zimbabwe integrated the findings of the National Baseline Survey into a multi-sectoral protocol to address child abuse and sexual violence. In October 2014, the Government of Zimbabwe and the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development launched its first ever National Girls’ and Young Women’s Empowerment Framework, which details the Government’s commitment to empowering girls and young women to contribute to the country’s economic future and development. Zimbabwe is also working on a cost benefit analysis of child protection.
In response to the data, Zimbabwe has also:
- Provided medical and psychosocial services for children who have experienced physical and/or sexual abuse.
- Advocated for 24-hour crisis reporting and response for children affected by abuse.
- Established “places of safety,” which are temporary foster homes for homeless children, in 14 districts
- Strengthened the household economy through social cash transfers to extremely poor, labor-constrained households
Government: Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZimStats), Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, Ministry of Labour and Social Services, Ministry of Education, Sports, Arts and Culture, Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Zimbabwe Republic Police Victim Friendly Unit, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development, Ministry of Youth Development, Indigenization and Empowerment, Ministry of Media Information and Publicity, National AIDS Council.
Non-Government: Collaborative Center for Operational Research and Evaluation (CCORE), the Nduna Foundation, and the International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch (CDC/IERHB)
Bilateral and Multilateral Organizations: UNICEF, UNFPA, UNAIDS, WHO, USAID, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Division of Violence Prevention (CDC/DVP)