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Restricted Physical Integrity

The Criminal Law Act (Codification and Reform) 2006 prohibits sexual violence, including marital rape. The Act also prohibits wilful transmission of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. The Domestic Violence Act of 2007 prohibits domestic violence. The definition of domestic violence under the Act is very wide and includes abuse derived from any cultural or customary rites or practices that discriminate against or degrade women, such as forced virginity testing, female genital mutilation, pledging of women and girls for purposes of appeasing spirits, abduction, child marriages, forced marriages, forced wife inheritance and other such practices.Sexual harassment is outlawed by the Labour Act.

Following the adoption of the Domestic Violence Act, the government has introduced public awareness campaigns and an implementation strategy, including an Anti-Domestic Violence Council to monitor the implementation.

Limitations on women's reproductive rights also infringes upon women's physical integrity in Zimbabwe. Abortion in Zimbabwe is permitted to save a woman's life or health, in the event of rape or incest or due to foetal impairment. It is not permitted on request or on social or economic grounds.

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