Targeted consultation on the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act

The Centre for Applied Legal Research (CALR), in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF – Zimbabwe), and Save the Children International embarked on targeted stakeholder consultations on the reform of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act for purposes of addressing legislative gaps that relate to sexual offences.

The consultations targeted school-going children and were held in conjunction with the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs (MoJPLA), Ministry Primary and Secondary Education (MoPSE) and Ministry of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare.

The consultations were held in Harare, Bulawayo, Manicaland, Mashonaland Central and Matabeleland South from the 26th of September 2021 to the 5th of October 2021.

The targeted children were between the ages of 8-12 years and 13- 18 years, including children with disabilities and children in foster institutions.

The consultations were conducted through the use of vernacular questionnaire that were administered through focus group discussions and face to face in-depth interviews for purposes of gaining in-depth understanding the concept of age of consent to sexual activity in its entirety.

The consultation team will prepare a report of the findings which will aid in the development of the draft layman Criminal Law Code Amendment Bill.