Zimbabwe

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Country summary:

Board Member(s) Patricia Made
Staff Members

Priscilla Maposa – Country Manager

Rudo Tamangani – 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


Condom use high – The Herald

Zimbabwe has recorded the highest condom usage in the world over the last five years, according to the Zimbabwe Demographic Health Survey of 2011. The development has contributed to the reduction of the HIV prevalence rate in the country. But the three Matabeleland provinces – Bulawayo, Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South – remain at the top in HIV and Aids prevalence compared to other provinces. This emerged during the HIV and Aids capacity building training workshop for journalists, which began in Kwekwe on Wednesday. Presenting the overview of Zimbabwe’s response to HIV and Aids, National Aids Council (NAC) monitoring and evaluation director Mr Amon Mpofu commended Zimbabweans for adopting condom usage. “The usage of condoms is very high in Zimbabwe compared to other countries in the world. This is because in terms of distribution of condoms the country has adopted an intense distribution system through the National Family Planning Council which is working with different community care groups,” said Mr Mpofu. “We also have partners such as Population Services International (PSI), which has facilitated the selling of both female and male condoms in every shop, hotels and other places. This partly explains why the country has experienced a sharp decline in HIV and Aids prevalence rate.”

Camfed giving girls a chance – The Sunday Mail

“I was a girl. I came from a poor and polygamous family. And I belong to the Johanne Marange apostolic sect.” Ordinarily, these three circumstances would have sealed the fate of high-flying 24-year-old Miss Bridget Moyo and automatically rendered her a present and future beggar. Being a girl did not spare her the challenges peculiar to girls and women. “My education was considered optional; it was the first thing to be sacrificed in times of crises. My brothers, uncles and male cousins’ needs had to come first for the family in a community that believed the future of the family lay in these people’s hands. “It was automatic that the family’s resources had primarily to be spent on them,” Miss Moyo, whose father had six wives and 23 children, told hundreds of Guruve villagers, secondary school children, senior Government officials gathered for the launch of the US$19 million secondary education bursary fund for girls at Chifamba Secondary School. The UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID) released the funds that would be channelled through the Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) and are expected to enable 24 000 girls from poor families attend secondary school. Born and raised in Wedza district, Miss Moyo, a beneficiary of the Camfed secondary school bursary for girls, recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship from the Women’s University in Africa.

Infertility haunts couples – The Sunday Mail

Ardent followers of local television dramas during the early 1990s will recall one titled, “I Need a Child”. Because of the pressure that the main character in the drama series experienced in her household after failing to bear a child, she was left with no choice but to employ desperate measures to try and bring peace in the marriage. She then went into an adulterous affair before getting pregnant, but the pregnancy turned to be her worst nightmare since her husband had discovered that he was the one with a problem. The husband was impotent. In most African cultures women are blamed for failing to bear children and usually suffer in silence because of stigmatisation. Bridget Nduna of Harare has been a church wanderer for the past five years, seeking a solution to her childlessness, without success. “I have consulted many traditional healers and prophets to no avail. I have decided now to settle in one church and hope that God will grant me grace and give me a child just like he did to Abraham in old age.

Journos, see the issues, not skirts! – The Herald

During the session, several women particularly aspiring politicians said they often struggled to receive media coverage and legitimacy in the media and subsequently by the public. This, they said, was not largely due to the quality of news they wanted to share with the public, but they were perceived to be weak newsmakers. One of the women, a district chairperson in Chirumhanzu, said some journalists often hold them accountable for actions of their husbands and their children though they rarely extend the same practice to male politicians. “They ask female politicians questions they will never dare ask a man within the same situation. “If anything they often focus on female candidate’s behaviour outside the office and do never show interest on the work that we are doing in the community,” she explained. Her case is not unique, because there are several women who are faced with the same predicament in their endeavour to engage the media, and have their meetings, events and campaign rallies covered. After haggling and pestering for coverage and should they be lucky to have their event covered, reading a woman’s story, you will realise that more often than not, the story will not say much about the event but will be full of perceived feminine traits.

South Africa: Celebrating the life and times of Mother Dee

South Africa: Celebrating the life and times of Mother Dee

Johannesburg, 31 August: Many times we wait until death separates us from our beloved ones to confess how important they have been to us. I have heard moving testimonies and touching eulogies being given to deceased mothers that touched other people`s lives. Luckily, I do not have to hold back until she is dead to write my appreciation on her epitaph.

How many words can be used to show appreciation to the phenomenal women in our lives? What words can I use to thank someone who carried me for nine months with love unmatched?

August 31, 2012 Themes: Gender equality Programs: Gender Justice | Phenomenal Women

Zimbabwe: Tribute to my mother, teacher and activist in Women’s Month

Zimbabwe: Tribute to my mother, teacher and activist in Women’s Month

Harare, 28 August: It is no coincidence that my mother, Joy Lowe, lost her fight to cancer in August – Women’s Month – a few months after South Africa’s first democratic elections in April 1994. Few things could have made her happier than to witness the birth of democracy in Zimbabwe in 1980, and in South Africa in 1994, before succumbing to a higher calling. She stands out in my life, and that of so many others, as the most phenomenal woman I know.

August 28, 2012 Themes: Gender equality Programs: Gender Justice | Phenomenal Women

Zimbabwe: And she still rises!

Zimbabwe: And she still rises!

Harare, 23 August – It often becomes impossible to rise if you fall too many times. This is not so in the case of my aunt Joana Meneses my father’s sister, and one of the phenomenal women in my life. She is an unsung hero who has been out of sorts on many occasions in her life, but she always rises to the juncture and takes on the bull by its horns.

August 23, 2012 Themes: Gender equality Programs: Gender Justice | Phenomenal Women

“One woman’s fight to uplift her counterparts”

For Southern Africa, 2015 is a timeline set to meeting most of the 28 targets of SADC Protocol on Gender and Development. In an effort to achieving these targets – which include halving gender based violence and empowering women economically – individuals and organisations have embarked on various campaigns and initiatives that would contribute to the realisation of the targets. This media highlight analyses an article published by News Day of Zimbabwe that reported on a woman who founded a trust whose objective is to eliminate gender based violence and empower other women economically.

Female sex worker objectified

In Zimbabwe just like most Southern African countries, it is illegal to practice commercial sex work. But despite criminalisation, commercial sex work continues to enable many people meet their basic needs. This media highlight analyses an article published in a Zimbabwean paper – The Sunday Mail – about a 34 year old visually impaired woman who has been plying the trade since her youthful age.

Portrayal of male sex workers in the media

Commercial sex work is by far one of the oldest professions in history. But despite its “life-long” existence, most Southern African countries continue to deny the work on “moral grounds”. Sex work commonly known as prostitution is also barred by law in many African countries. Due to societal denial, persons, particularly women engaging in the act are not only discriminated against but they are also called all sorts of derogatory names such “sluts,” “whores,” “hookers,” and “hooches”. But how do “people” view male commercial sex workers? This media highlight analyses The Sunday Mail article that reported on male commercial sex workers in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe

Office

Country ManagerPriscilla Maposa
Phone+263 4798 600
Emailzimmanager@genderlinks.org.za
AddressNicoz Diamond Building, 30 Samora Machel Avenue, 6th Floor, Harare, Zimbabwe