Sweden, Ireland pour US$4.7m towards ending GBV in Zimbabwe

By Daniel Phiri GOVERNMENTS of Sweden and Ireland have signed an agreement of cooperation with the United Nations committing US$4.7 million to support a joint program on Zero Tolerance to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) 365 in Zimbabwe. The commitment comes at a time when the Zimbabwe Demographic Health Survey (ZDHS) 2015 has confirmed that violence against women and girls remains a huge problem with at least 1in every 3 women aged 15-49 have experienced physical violence since the age of 15. ZDHS also revealed that 27 percent in the same age…

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Sanitary Pads Crisis To Worsen… As Big Local Manufacturer Farai, Faces Closure

ONSDALE Enterprises, one of the country’s major sanitary wear manufacturers is on the verge of shutting down ― and sending 140 workers home ― due to the shortage of foreign currency to import raw materials, a company executive has said. Company closures continue to drive Zimbabwe’s unemployment rate, estimated by independent economists to be about 90 percent, higher. A Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) manufacturing sector survey published last week, in partnership with The Financial Gazette, showed that about 30 percent of firms in the sector were on the brink of collapse…

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Free Sanitary Pads For Zim Women…As Government Contracts Local Manufacturer

By Daniel Phiri WOMEN’S Affairs, Gender and Community Development Ministry says it is has contracted two companies in the country to manufacture sanitary pads that will be distributed for free or sold at low cost. Sanitary pads are a very critical component for women and girls reproductive health requirements but owing to their exorbitant cost, most are having to look for alternatives some of which could have after effects in the long run. Rural women and girls are said to be the most affected to the extent that some of…

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#BREAKING: Nine Year Old Sex Worker Is Actually 17 Years Old

HealthTimes Correspondent  Wonders Shall Never Cease!!! IN  a dramatic turn of events, the young Epworth girl who was reported in the media recently for being Zimbabwe’s youngest sex worker at the at the age of 9 is in actual fact older than that, She is 17!!! These revelations were made by Harare provincial Social Work officer Mrs Ngani during a Sexual Reproductive Health workshop for young people in the capital yesterday where she indicated that the girl in question went through a rigorous scientific  examinations which revealed that the girl…

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Shot In The Arm For Zim Women Entrepreneurs

By Daniel Phiri  AS the old adage goes, “Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, teach him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” For one Rumbidzai Manzonzo of Sheen Cosmetics and Services based in Mutare, the Zimbabwe: Works project (Z:W) a USAID, DFID and SIDA funded project came at the right time and made her realize her dreams of owning a cosmetics business. The project is a five-year US$12.5million initiative funded by the USAID in partnership DFID and SIDA to strengthen NGOs and private…

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Zim women celebrate in solidarity with SA counterparts

Contributor  Women must redefine the meaning of freedom for today’s generation in order to enhance their contribution in an unequal society, a veteran educationist said on Tuesday. “Today …we are celebrating the past where tens of thousands and millions of women fought and also died to achieve certain things which they thought were important,” said Fay Chung (in picture), an educator who has served in many capacities in Zimbabwe and abroad. “In Zimbabwe and South Africa, that included racism and apartheid…and women were prepared to fight for freedom through education,…

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Demystifying Gender Equality

By Michael Gwarisa  SAFAIDS this week hosted a two day symposium dubbed Changing The River’s Flow, a gender norms transformative programme aimed at encouraging young people, both male and female to take part in the fight against gender inequalities and Gender Based Violence (GBV). For years, women across the globe have been pushing for equal rights in the home, political sphere and economy. Going down history, the concept of Feminism has seen a number phases and movements coming into play all in the name of fighting and addressing the imbalances…

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How I Was Abducted and Forced To Marry A Stranger

YOUNG GIRL EXPLAINS HER ABDUCTION AND FORCED MARRIAGE HORROR  By Michael Gwarisa “I was locked up for several nights and forced to have sex with her son, they hid me from the public until they forcibly moved me to Bulawayo.” It takes bravery and courage beyond human imagination to stand in front of hundreds of dignitaries from within and outside Zimbabwe and share a horrendous story of how one was forced to have sex with a total stranger and later on become his wife outside her will. For young Nicole…

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Call To Empower Men/Boys Gets Louder

By Michael Gwarisa CIVIC Society organisations have joined hands with government and various organisations including religious and traditional groups in calling for the empowerment and inclusion of boys and men in the fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV). In an interview on the sidelines of the ongoing Youth Changing the River’s Flow symposium, SafAids Head of Programmes, Ngoni Chubukire said SafAids had embarked on a massive nationwide drive to engage all societal groups in the fight against GBV and strengthening participation by various groups in enhancing gender equality. ALSO READ:…

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