I screamed as i was suddenly awakened from my short slumber by a splash of cold water in my face and a loud drunken voice that followed; ” nezuro ndakadya sadza rakatonhora, ndakageza mvura isina kudziiswa, ndikapfeka hembe isina kana kuiswa iron, nhasi futi kwete, muka undibikire rimwe sadza” (last night I had a cold meal, in the morning I took a cold shower, I wore a shirt that was not ironed but today i refuse, you have to wake up and make me a fresh meal).
Angered to the max, I woke up, looked at the time; it was 9.45pm, and the electricity still wasn’t back since before we had woken up that morning. I went outside to start a fire to make a fresh meal as expected of me by my husband. The next scream that was heard from our house was not from me, but from a no-longer so drunken voice screaming “yohwee, wandidira mvura inopisa”…I looked at him with tears in my eyes and responded, “ko ndini ndaendesa magetsi here?’.
The Case of Gaza’s Electricity and Fuel Crisis
The recent increased electricity and fuel crisis has only further intensified the situation making the living conditions of women worse, disrupting almost all aspects of daily life, especially the household tasks, which by society are considered the job of women. 61 per cent of women believe the blockade and electricity cuts have contributed to a higher rate of domestic violence against women. The psychological effects of the crisis on women are
lager as they become more exposed to tension, depression and violence compared to others as women are considered the corner stone of the family. The structural, cyclical and hierarchical nature of violence, therefore, means women often become “shock-absorbers” of the crisis.
The electricity shortage with limited electricity till up to four hours per day has increased the uncertainty for women, thereby turning women’s lives upside down. Women, therefore, often have to ensure the electricity required household tasks such as washing, laundry, ironing, cooking and ensuring children studying all have to be completed during the four hours of available electricity, which usually is during the night. (Source – The Humanitarian Impact of Gaza’s Electricity and Fuel Crisis on Gender-based Violence and services )