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
View the Centres of Excellence
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


Women’s Land Rights in Southern Africa: Consolidated baseline finding from Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe

The report presents the consolidated findings from five national baseline studies that were undertaken in 2009 in Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The baseline findings show that women farmers do not only need associations, but they also need agricultural extension support on the ground is reaching women compared men. However, what is clear that the support is not enough due to inadequate extension staff, gender insensitive programming and lack of awareness.

Zimbabwe: Woman, “you’ll never walk alone!”

To soccer lovers the saying “you will never walk aloneÀ is familiar as it relates to one leading soccer team in the United Kingdom, Liverpool. In Zimbabwe and in other parts of the world, this saying is infamous and carries a completely different meaning in relation to the freedoms or lack thereof, of women to walk, travel and do things on their own in the absence of male company or guardianship.

On a day-by-day basis, Zimbabwe’s police on bicycles traverse the streets of Harare, targeting the Avenues area. This section of the city is famous for its nightclubs, restaurants and is known as the hub of commercial sex work.

Zimbabwe: Religion and culture central to ending GBV

Every two or three months, Rudo and her husband Tobias part with either a goat or two chickens as a fine for their violently explosive marriage.

The couple, that lives on a small farming settlement half an hour’s drive north east of Harare, have had countless trips to the village headman in the four years they have been married. Losing their only real tangible wealth to the village court does not seem to deter Tobias from beating up his wife. The wife’s crimes vary from not doing the ironing properly to being a failure in her “other marital duties.À

Zimbabwe: Disability and GBV – a double edged sword

The sight of a pastor is usually a relief to vulnerable people such as orphans and people with disabilities. There is little or no suspicion that the men-of-the-cloth may at any time prey on those who have invested their trust in them. Twenty five year old wheel-chair bound Chengetai Mutasa* met her fate in September 2012 when Pastor Musindo* raped her.
On the fateful day, Musindo asked Mutasa to escort him to a nearby business centre in the rural areas of Chihota, about 80km from the Harare. On the way, the pastor raped Mutasa.

Zimbabwe: Religion and culture central to ending GBV

Every two or three months, Rudo and her husband Tobias part with either a goat or two chickens as a fine for their violently explosive marriage.

The couple, that lives on a small farming settlement half an hour’s drive north east of Harare, have had countless trips to the village headman in the four years they have been married. Losing their only real tangible wealth to the village court does not seem to deter Tobias from beating up his wife. The wife’s crimes vary from not doing the ironing properly to being a failure in her “other marital duties.À

Zimbabwe: Stop workplace sexual harassment

Men’s domination of women has a lengthy history. Women have long been assigned laborious and arduous tasks such as cultivating the fields and child rearing, while men were mostly involved in creating wealth and surplus production, including herding, mining and trading.
In many ways not much has changed. Today, one of the key targets in the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development is to achieve a 50% representation of women in all areas of decision-making by 2015. The media is one of the areas where that target has to be achieved.

South Africa: Break the silence of cross border GBV

Sixteen year old Amina* never thought that she would ever be raped in her life and let alone by thirteen men. Today, she is traumatised by what she went through when she tried to cross the border from Zimbabwe into South Africa.
“You can even come without a passport. All you need is to pay two hundred and fifty rands and there are some men who will assist you to cross the border,À her friends said. They told her she would be taken and assisted to get into South Africa where money is easy to make. They had told her how easy it would be for her to get a job to help maintain her poor family.

Zimbabwe: legalising sex work would curb abuse against women

This media highlight provides a gender analysis of a Zimbabwean news story published by The Herald online. The article reports about a protest staged by women activists following the arrest by police of some women believed to be sex workers. According to the story, the police are charging the arrested women of loitering.

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship

Zimbabwe, November 2012

November 12, 2012 Themes: Economics Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Female farmers set to benefit from sweet potato project

More than 3,000 female farmers are set to benefit from a new project that seeks to hap them market sweet potatoes internationally. The initiative, run by Women in Agribusiness in sub-Saharan Africa Alliance (Wasaa) and Simfresh International, is aimed jet empowering women through agriculture. Addressing delegates to a Wasaa stake holders’ conference in Harare last week. Simfresh International managing director Mr Morestaff Chibanda said women have for a long time been sidelined despite their vast contribution to the sector. He said many of them lost farming interest as a results adding that his firm would soon roll out training programmes. ‘We have identified a ready market for sweet potatoes Lathe region and in Europe. Our task now is fat the women to produce and meet the export standards’, he said.

Zimbabwe

Office

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