Founded in 1988, Musasa is an Non Governmental Organisation whose operations are based on Advocacy, Prevention, Peace building and provision of Direct Services to survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV). The organisation works towards ending gender based violence against women and girls in Zimbabwe. Musasa operates from four regional offices which include Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru and Chiredzi.
A society in which all women and girls are free from gender based violence and are able to fully participate in development.
To work towards ending gender-based violence, with particular focus on women and girls targeting groups in society to change retrogressive beliefs, attitudes, behaviours, laws and policies in order to end gender based violence.
Musasa will accomplish its purpose by working to achieve the following objectives which have been aligned to the organisation’s four pillars: Prevention, Advocacy, Service Provision and Social Transformation.
Women and survivors of GBV are empowered to make informed decisions about their situations
Musasa will empower women and girls survivors of GBV through appropriately designed client centred programs to enable them to deal with their situation and reduce their vulnerability. This will be achieved through the provision of direct services that include counselling, urban and community-based shelters, the one stop centres. Women and girls will also be empowered through emergency cash transfers, loans and revolving funds as well as through the establishment of training centres to enhance their skills.
Gaps in GBV legislation addressed through formulation of new laws and the revision of laws to align them to the new constitution
Musasa will use issues generated from program activities to inform advocacy for the formulation of new laws and policies and will work closely with relevant stakeholders to ensure effective implementation of laws and policies. Using a rights-based approach, Musasa will advocate for the revision of laws to bring them in line with the new constitution.
Social transformation at household and community level promoted through addressing retrogressive beliefs, attitudes, behaviours, laws and policies
Through community dialogues and media advocacy Musasa will work with community gate keepers and communities to identify and influence change in retrogressive beliefs, attitudes, practices, behaviours, laws and policies that make women vulnerable to GBV.
To enhance a peaceful environment for women and girls to fully participate in peace building and development.
Musasa will strengthen the capacity of communities to prevent politically motivated violence against women and girls. Through local level advocacy, women and girls will be mobilised as advocates of peaceful communities. Musasa will promote the increased participation of women and girls in democratic processes and in post conflict development and ensure that women and girls survivors of political violence are able to access comprehensive care and support.