Our Work in Southern Africa
Crossroads International is working with leading women’s rights groups in Zimbabwe and Swaziland to reduce gender-based violence and to increase women’s rights. Thirty-five per cent of all people living with HIV reside in Southern Africa, and, as in many regions, women are disproportionately affected by the AIDS pandemic. In Zimbabwe and Swaziland, political and socio-cultural norms also contribute to the subordination of women. In addition to local projects to reduce violence against women, Crossroads is supporting collaboration among women’s rights groups to increase women’s participation in decision-making.
Stopping Gender-Based Violence in Swaziland
There is no specific law in Swaziland that criminalizes domestic violence. Gender-based violence is widespread and victims have few legal options. As well, Swazi women are socially and economically dependent on men and may not be able to leave an abusive household.
Helping Zimbabwe’s Girls Reach Their Full Potential
The people of Zimbabwe are caught up in a dire political, economic and social crisis. In this context, women and girls are especially vulnerable. Rape and violence against women and girls are widespread. Crossroads International is working with the award winning Girl Child Network (GCN) to bolster the rights of women and girls in Zimbabwe.
Defending the Rights of Women to Stop AIDS
One of Zimbabwe’s most respected women’s organizations, WASN works with a variety of players, from legal aid to AIDS service organizations, to achieve its goal of preventing the spread of AIDS and empowering women living with HIV or AIDS.
Fighting Gender-based Violence in Zimbabwe
The social and economic crisis in Zimbabwe puts women and girls at even greater risk of violence. However, the recent passing of the Domestic Violence Act is a significant advance. The Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe’s played a key role in the campaign to pass the legislation.