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Christeta Mayaba: Overcoming Gender Inequality

Christeta Chakatazya Mayaba, 53, is a widow of Liso village. She lives with two daughters and five grandchildren.

Christeta testifies that before the Anti Gender Based Violence Act was aired on12 January 2013 on the platform the fields, left to her by her late husband with lots of mango trees planted four generation before by her late husband, were persistently trampled upon by her late husband's relatives as they plucked mangoes.

For four years Christeta reported this behaviour to the Headman, but no change came forth. She did not report this to police as criminal trespass for fear that she could be ostracised. She emotionally states that these people are very disrespectful to her and distructive to the maize and ground nuts she grows in the fields on the basis of her being a woman.

Christeta took advantage of the Anti Gender Based Violence Act at the beginning of this farming season: Christeta asserted her position by summoning some of these young men to caution them that if they did not stop their behaviour she would take the necessary steps to protect her property after the Anti Gender Based Violence Act was aired in January. In her warning she referred to the "Anti Gender Based Violence Act aired on12 January 2013", which some of them had an opportunity to listen to.

Since then Christeta claims that there has been remarkable improvement. Her fields were left alone and the talking (disrespectful behaviour) has since stopped. She associates this to the encouragements she got from the Anti Gender Based Violence Act aired on the platform programme of Radio Chikuni.

Christeta posing in the field she protected


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