Mudiwa Foundation is leading efforts to eliminate all forms of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) against children in Zimbabwe. SGBV is a global evil with recorded socio-economic and health disenfranchisement of its victims. It often results in children, and especially girls being alienated from the school system and in the process, shuttering them away from capacity realization and development and empowerment opportunities that could lift them and their communities out of poverty.
It exposes children to high health and death risks due to forced pregnancies, forced abortions, forced sterilizations, HIV/AIDS and the related lack of utilization of health care facilities. This results in rampant violation of human rights and social exclusion, as children are exposed to inequality, domestic violence and lack of choice about their sexual and reproductive and developmental rights..
The effects of SGBV are therefore dire and if the problem is not addressed, poses a serious direct threat to Zimbabwe’s efforts towards the attainment of up to 7 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 1; 3; 4 ;5; 8; 10 and 16). .