Priscilla Maposa 

Country summary:

Board Member(s) Patricia Made
Staff Members

Priscilla Maposa – Country Manager

Juliet Rusawu – Finance Officer

Tapiwa Zvaraya – Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

When registered 2012
Alliance Focal Network Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe
Government COEs 79
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Media COEs 2
Key partners Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing; Ministry of Women and Youth Affairs; The Embassy of Sweden; UNWOMEN; Zimbabwe Local Government Association – Association of Rural District Councils of Zimbabwe (ARDCZ) and Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe (UCAZ); International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD).

Read more in the Zimbabwe  country report. View the Zimbabwe Facebook page. Gender Links Zimbabwe has developed a 50/50 policy brief  to champion advocacy and campaigns around this area. Read the 50/50 policy brief here. You can learn more on the Zimbabwe programmatic area on this page. In 2018 the office managed to hold the following events

  1. Entrepreneurship Training of Trainers.
  2. 50-50 Elections workshop.
  3.  Centres of Excellence buy-in workshop.
  4. Gender Action Planning workshop.

Zimbabwe Strategy 2016 – 2020
Zimbabwe Country Report

Power Stepping

Girls plugging into the zone of life, success and everything in between. .. Power Stepping is about becoming empowered in self knowledge and personal purpose. It is the vision of the young woman stepping out into life with boldness and head held high, knowing that whatever she sets her heart and mind on she can achieve. Although Power Stepping is intended for girls aged from 16 years to young women who have just started working, young men and older women may find it equally useful.

Feminist leadership review

How we did it! Lessons in advocacy from The Women’s Trust “women can do it!À campaign. The success of this campaign surprised many people À“ partners of The Women’s Trust, stakeholders and members of the general public alike. Many asked “How did you do it?À The campaign had an impact on women political aspirants and voters and its overwhelming success was in getting the general public and women in particular to recognise that women can be leaders. Executed in a short period of time for a campaign of its magnitude and in a difficult political climate, the campaign achieved its objectives. “How we did it À“ lessons in advocacyÀ is our attempt to provide guidance to others who may wish to undertake a similar campaign.

Livelihood strategies of female headed households in Zimbabwe :|the case of Magaso Village, Mutoko District in Zimbabwe

This research study explored livelihood strategies that female headed households adopt in Magaso village of Mutoko district in Zimbabwe. The study intended to achieve the following objectives: (i) examine the existing livelihood strategies of female headed households (ii) explore the various challenges faced by female headed households and (iii) establish the support mechanisms in place for female headed households to cope with life challenges .The literature reviewed in the study was drawn from several researchers, and the study was shaped by the strengths perspectives and the liberal feminism perspective. The study was qualitative in nature and used interviews to collect data from fifteen (15) female headed households. The data collection process used an interview guide. The research employed a qualitative research design in the form of a case study cum a phenomenological study design. Data was analysed qualitatively using the content thematic data analysis which used interpretive approaches and presentation is textual rather than statistical. The study findings were the following: engaging in subsistence farming was found to be the main livelihood activity of the female heads; engaging in home gardens; exchanging labour for food; involvement in business; reliance on temporary employment from different agencies ;reliance on handouts from government and other bodies; and household heads sanctioning child labour that compromises school attendance. Moreover, these female heads faced numerous difficulties ranging from emotional, social to financial problems that resulted in worsening the condition of women, and hence validating feminization of poverty among them. Several support mechanisms were discovered to be available for the female heads but they fail to produce to fruitful results to the lives of the female heads. The study made the following recommendations: mainstreaming gender education from childhood stage; efforts aimed at job creation; financial empowerment through setting up of micro schemes for rural women amongst; seeking the services of agricultural extension services to the female head farmers; improving the social services delivery in Zimbabwe equitably across genders and strengthening informal strategies to improve women’s social capital. Lastly, the study concluded that little is being done in terms of policy formulation to make the support structures responsive to the female headed households especially in rural areas, hence the need for sustainable development through empowerment.

The new Africans : a textual analysis of the construction of ‘African-ness’ in Chaz Maviyane-Davies’ 1996 poster depictions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

In 1996, Zimbabwean graphic designer Chaz Maviyane-Davies created a set of human rights posters which represent several articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, from what he calls an “African perspectiveÀ. In this study I investigate how Maviyane-Davies has constructed ‘African-ness’ and probe what he refers to as the “alternative aestheticÀ that he is trying to create. I use a visual social semiotic approach to examine the discourses he draws on to re-image and re-imagine Africa and Africans in a manner that contests the stereotypical representations found in political, news and economic discourses about Africa, paying particular attention to the ways he uses images of the body. My analysis of the posters shows how complex and difficult it can be to contest regimes of representation that work to fix racialised and derogatory meanings. In response to the pejorative stereotypes of the black body, Maviyane-Davies uses images of strong, healthy, and magnificent people (mostly men) to construct a more affirmative representation of Africa and Africans. Significantly, he draws on sports, touristic, traditional and hegemonic discourses of masculinity in an attempt to expand the complexity and range of possible representations of African-ness. In so doing he runs the risk of reproducing many of the stereotypes that sustain not only the racialised and gendered (masculinist) representations of Africa, but also a sentimentalisation and romanticisation of a place, a people and their traditions. Apart from women in prominent positions, other conspicuous absences from these images include white people and hegemonic references to Western modernity. I do not believe he is discarding whites and modernity as un-African, but is rejecting the naturalisation of whiteness as standing in for humanity, and particular icons of Western modernity as significations of ‘modernity’ itself

A window into hope: An invitation to faith in the context of HIV and AIDS

This work explores the effects of HIV and AIDS in Africa from the view of a ministry within the experience. As well as looking at ways we can help one another in the face of this devastating epidemic, he examines the opportunities it provides the faithful. The author addresses personal responses to the disease, both religious and sexual and he also salvages some positives from the horror. He shows how the pandemic challenges us to question our very understanding of what it means to be human. Fr Igo, a clinical counsellor and therapist, is a prior of the Benedictine Monastry of Christ the Word in Zimbabwe.

January 8, 2014 Themes: HIV/AIDS | Religion Programs: Book | Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC)

Zimbabwe Demographic and Health Survey 2010 – 11

December 19, 2013 Themes: Gender equality | Health Programs: Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC) | Report

Le Zimbabwe veut prendre le taureau par les cornes pour en finir avec la VBG

Le ministre zimbabwéen de la Femme, du genre et du développement communautaire, Oppah Muchinguri a demandé Á  tous ses compatriotes de redoubler d’efforts pour mettre un terme Á  la violence basée sur le genre (VBG). C’était lors du lancement de la première étude sur la prévalence de la violence envers les femmes, la veille de la Journée internationale des Droits humains. Elle a ajouté: « Alors que nous lançons la première étude jamais menée sur la violence envers les femmes et les filles, les résultats montrent une telle incidence de violence et d’abus sur les femmes et les filles du pays qu’elle justifie une campagne de 365 jours contre la VBG ».

International Human Rights Day: Call to action on GBV in Zimbabwe

Harare, 10 December: Zimbabwe’s Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development 0ppah Muchinguri has called on all Zimbabweans to redouble their efforts to end Violence Against Women (VAW). Launching the country’s first comprehensive survey on the prevalence of VAW, on the eve of Human Rights Day she declared: “Today, as we draw close to the end of these commemorations, we are launching results of Zimbabwe’s first ever standalone research on violence against women and girls. The results of this survey are justification enough to even make much more noise for 365 days as there is clear evidence of high incidences of abuse of women and girls in Zimbabwe.À



Alliance Focal Point Organization: Women’s Coalition of ZimbabweContact Person: Netsai MushongaPhysical Address: 9 Edmond Avenue, Belvedere, Harare, ZimbabweEmail: netsaimushonga@yahoo.com Telephone: +263 4 2916548,775765 View the SADC Protocol Barometer 2013 for Zimbabwe. You can comment on each chapter by scrolling down to the comment box and typing in your comment online.

December 9, 2013

SADC Gender Protocol 2013 Barometer Zimbabwe

SADC Gender Protocol 2013 Barometer Zimbabwe

GL invites you to engage with the country Barometer and post your comments online, in the comment box under each chapter. MAKE YOUR VOICE COUNT by reading a chapter each day and posting your comments! Executive Summary Chapter 1: Constitutional and legal rights Chapter 2: Governance Chapter 3: Education and training Chapter 4: Productive resources […]



Country ManagerPriscilla Maposa
Phone+263 242 798 600
AddressNicoz Diamond Building, 30 Samora Machel Avenue, 6th Floor, Harare, Zimbabwe