WALPE pushes for enactment of sexual harassment Act

The Women Academy for Leadership and Academy for Excellence (WALPE) is pushing for a stand-alone sexual harassment act to be passed into law in order to protect women and girls from sexual predators in the workplace. By Patricia Mashiri The said law will have a stipulated penalty for offenders unlike under the current scenario whereby sexual harassment is covered by the Labour Act (28.1) and the criminal law codification and reform Act (9.23) where the WALPE argues that they are inadequate to protect women. Speaking during a meeting on the…

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Media Trained On Improved Attitudes Towards Safe Abortion

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists together with the Population Services Zimbabwe (PSZ) held a three day media training workshop to  improve  the knowledge and attitude towards safe abortion in Zimbabwe. By Patricia Mashiri The training termed the Value Clarification Attitudes Transformation (VCAT) was also centred on discussions around religious and cultural beliefs around abortion, the legal framework that guide abortion in Zimbabwe and how to report sensitively on the issue so as to change the attitudes of the society . Mrs Edna Masiyiwa, the Women’s Action Group (WAG)…

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All set for Inaugural Zim Reproductive Health Arts festival

SAYWHAT, a youth and student centered organisation which works around sexual reproductive health (SRH) says they are ready to host the creative Reproductive health arts for transformation (CRAFT) festival on the 22nd of October 2022 in Harare. By Patricia Mashiri The CRAFT  is a national event that brings together winners of The CHASE competition drawn from all provinces around Zimbabwe. Its participants are first position winners in poetry, drama, music and public speaking. A total of 36 winners from across provinces will be participating at the festival. Running under the…

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SAT Holds Adolescent Activism Awards

The Sexual Reproductive Health Rights Africa Trust (SAT) held its fifth edition of Adolescent Activism Awards in honour of the youths that have excelled in SHRH activities in their communities during the past year. By Patricia Mashiri The award are meant to appreciate the efforts done by youths in different communities of the country in as far as SRHR issues are concerned. Speaking during the event, The guest of honour the Child President, Unathi Nyoni represented by Vimbai Jukwa, the child Member of Parliament Zengeza West and also the Minister…

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Drug and Substance Use Grows in Zim Prisons and Among Officers

PRISON and Correctional Services facilities have become hot-spots for drug and substance abuse with indications that both correctional officers and inmates were engaging in illicit use of substances and harmful drugs, a top Zimbabwe Prisons and and Correctional Service (ZPCS) health expert has warned.   By Patricia Mashiri To reduce the growing burden of drug and substance abuse in these institutions, the ZPCS, ZRP, Spotlight (Brotha 2 brotha initiative) and the National AIDS Council have come together to sensitize these communities on the effects of drug and substance use. Speaking to…

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Zim Smallholder Farmers Grow Small Grain Crops To Beat Climate Change

IN the midst of Climate change induced effects such as droughts and other natural disasters, small scale farmers in Zimbabwe’s communal lands are slowly replacing maize with small grains as they seek to adapt to the ever changing environment, a top researcher has said. By Patricia Mashiri A case study of rural Mbire which was done to evaluate the nutritional and psychological health impacts showed that there was a shift from maize farming in areas that receive below normal rainfall to drought tolerant crops such as  sorghum, millet and Rapokko.…

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Oral Health For Mental Health Patients Manual launched

Mental and Oral Health professionals have launched an Oral Health for Mental Health Patients Manual as a response to health practitioners request to help improve the oral care of mental health patients in the country. By Patricia Mashiri The manual aims to increase oral and mental health awareness whilst equipping health professionals in the role they play in management of oral health of patients living with mental health conditions . The project is also meant to uphold mental and oral health professionals, abolish oral and mental inequalities and pursuit of…

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No Monkey Pox Cases In Zim:MoHCC

The Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has assured the nation that there are no Monkey Pox cases recorded in the country so far but it is monitoring the evolving situation of the outbreak in other countries.Staff ReporterMonkey Pox is a rare zoonotic disease endemic to Central and West Africa. It spreads through close contact with people, animals and materials with the virus. Symptoms of the disease include rash,fever,headache, muscle ache and back pain. The symptoms are similar but milder than the symptoms of small pox.In a statement the…

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Srhr Africa Trust Statement On The Constitutional Court Ruling On Age Of Consent to Sex

The Constitutional Court ruling of 24 May 2022, will, in effect, raise the age of legal sexual consent in Zimbabwe from 16 to 18 years. However one views the judgement, it will have a significant impact on adolescents in this country. As SAT, we understand the good intentions of those who brought the case, and we recognize the parameters of the case within which the Court found itself dispensing the judgement it gave. We all rely on the primacy of our nation’s constitution, and on the Justices that interpret it,…

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Red Cross launches Comprehensive School Safety Model

THE Zimbabwe Red Cross Society(ZRCS) together with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education have launched a comprehensive school safety model which main purpose is to provide safety to learners and workers from death ,injury and harm in schools. By Patricia Mashiri The model was implemented by the ZRCS in the District of Matebeleland South since 2019 targeting 10 schools as the pilot project and later added 5 new schools under phase 2 of the project. The model is made up of four pillars which are contribution to safer school…

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