Pastor Tawanda Gezi, a member of the Prison Fellowship International branch in Zimbabwe, has bemoaned the treatment of pregnant inmates in local hospitals. 

“The major problem that they [women prisoners] face is stigmatisation. They are treated as prisoners in our local hospitals that is the major problem. As a result, we feel they are not receiving the treatment they are supposed to receive. So it is the issue of stigmatisation. It was our wish and our prayer that our government helps such women especially with preparations. We tried to engage government. We normally get our support from government because they allow us into these institutions and mainly from churches,” Gezi said.

Gezi said female inmates must lose “one right: that of freedom not human rights. But if you go to our local hospitals some of those guys are actually making our inmates lose their rights. They are not treated well.”

Gezi was speaking at a meeting on a Gender and Development Talk on Maternal Health. The meeting was organised by the Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre and Network in partnership with the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe.

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