THE HISTORY OF MUSASA- WALK THE JOURNEY WITH US
Legally registered as Musasa Project, this national NGO started work in 1988 as the first ever and only organization in Zimbabwe focusing on Violence against Women, (VAW). In the first decade of its existence, Musasa mainly focused on direct support to survivors of violence, public education and awareness raising on VAW, as well capacity building of police, magistrates, and other members of the justice system. On the latter, Musasa developed modules, and training programs which helped to change attitudes, behaviour and the general responsiveness of the justice system to VAW. The organization’s initiatives culminated in the passing of the Domestic Violence Act in 2007. Musasa also co-chairs the multi stakeholder Gender Based Violence cluster, together with the Ministry of Women Affairs Gender and Community Development. The cluster sets strategic direction and makes policy recommendation for Government departments and other stakeholders to take up. Therefore, Musasa is well placed to mobilise women for socio economic rights in terms of the Constitution. Furthermore, because of its close interactions with women through our direct services including our 24 hour toll free line, counselling, legal services, shelters both at national and community levels as well as the one stop centres, Musasa has evidence of gaps in policies and implementation.