By Sukuoluhle Ndlovu
Masvingo – Millicent Mutsvunguma said that she is going to do all she can as a model and help curb Gender-Based Violence in the society even when the 16 days of activism against GBV is over.
She said that there must be a severe punishment for those who break the law and community service should not be an option for them but a reasonable jail term must be effected in order to deter would-be offenders.
The model said that she is going to organise a group of models to fight against GBV.
“I am going to organise a group of male and female models against gender-based violence.
I will do this with the help of other models.
“We will educate men and women as some might have no knowledge on gender-based violence. We will also campaign against such within our community”, she said.
Mutsvunguma added that she believes both men and women are affected.
I think both men and women are affected by GBV though in most cases, women are victims but in reality there are so many men who are living in nightmares just like other women.
“We have men who are in abusive relationships or marriages but because of their positions in churches, community or workplaces, it will be a big embarrassment for them to speak out.
“Again women who come from poor backgrounds or who come from broken families are also taken advantage of,” she explained.
The young model committed to working hard in order to archive her endeavours.
She also urged women never to settle for anything less and advised that if men do not respect them they rather step aside and find own happiness, speak up and fight for your rights.
“We all need peace and that is ones right and never let a man treat you like trash because all you want is food and rent. We are not promoting divorces or breakups but if it is costing your happiness and peace then just let it go. Also, men must not be ashamed of speaking out”, said Mutsvunguma.