The Intersection of Unpaid Care Work and Cholera In Zimbabwe: The Untold Tales of Women in Rural Settings

By Michael Gwarisa in Buhera Data from previous epidemics show that women and girls take on the bulk of unpaid or poorly paid care work in families and communities when formal health systems are unable to cope with the rising tide of infections. When COVID-19 hit in 2020, healthcare workers were overwhelmed with managing a novel but highly infectious respiratory infection. The growing demand for care in the context of the COVID-19 crisis deepened already existing inequalities in the gender division of labour, placing a disproportionate burden on women and…

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Making Communities Safe For Women: How Zimbabwe’s GBV Program Has Improved Access To Services In El Nino Affected Districts

By Michael Gwarisa In every emergency, the vulnerability of women and girls increases. In Zimbabwe, the prevailing El Nino-induced drought has amplified the susceptibility of women and girls to numerous forms of abuse. In both Matabeleland North and South provinces, cases of elderly women getting abused sexually have been on the increase. In Gwanda and Umguza Districts where mining is rampant, artisanal miners have been sexually abusing young children, girls,women and even elderly women under the false belief that it gives them fortune in their mining endeavors. In Umguza District,…

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After Dropping Out Of School Due to An Early Marriage, Mhondoro Adolescent Girl Traces Footsteps Back To Classroom

By Michael Gwarisa in Chegutu When COVID-19 hit in 2020, everything came to a standstill as governments worldwide clamped down on services to pave way for the effective management of the disease. Unfortunately, the education sector was also affected, and learning was suspended. This, however, increased the vulnerability of girls from poor backgrounds as many were driven into early marriages to escape from the effects of poverty and hunger that characterised the pandemic period. One such girl is Theresa Garikai (21), from Katawa Village, from Mhondoro Mubaira, Chegutu District, who…

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10 Minutes In The Shoes Of Zim’;s First Video-Assisted-Thoracoscopy-Surgery (VATS) Patient

By Kudakwashe Pembere On March 1, 2024, donning a purple silk night gown, Tatenda Nyakutya is admitted in Ward B5 for females as she awaits to see her 17-year-old child whom she last saw about a week prior her surgery. Despite the pots surgery pain, Tatenda’s sense of humor gets the best of her as she finds time to crack one or two jokes with her relatives. “So in 2022, I collapsed and they rushed me to Nyanga District Hospital,” says Tatenda as she shuffles through a medicine bag containing…

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Zimbabwe International Women’s Day Commemorations Puts A spotlight On Investing In Women

By Michael Gwarisa in Shurugwi Women and girls in Zimbabwe bear the biggest brunt of climate change, and economic challenges amongst other vices, hence the need for increased investment in women across all economic spheres. The call was made by various stakeholders who attended the International Women’s Day Commemorations 2024 Commemorations at Chitora Primary School in Shurugwi. This also comes amid an Elnino-induced climate crisis whereby various districts across the country are facing a serious drought. Officiating at the International Women’s Day celebrations, Minister of Women Affairs, Community, Small and…

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Student Resource Centre Bridges SRH Unmet Need and Information Gaps for MSU Students

By Michael Gwarisa It’s around 12 midday, Audrey Katsande (22), and her friend Mitchell Munjoma (21) are chilling in the Girls’ Space inside the Student Resource Centre at the Midlands State University (MSU). It’s a time to cool off after a long morning of lectures and college work. University life can be difficult for students at times, and MSU students are no exception. Being a multi-campus college with an estimated student enrollment above 18000 students, the MSU is faced with unique challenges. Its accommodation facility caters only for less than…

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City of Harare and Zimbabwe Gender Commission join hands in GBV fight

By Kuda Pembere The Zimbabwe Gender Commission (ZGC) teamed up with the City Of Harare to mark the Women’s Month with a fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV) through a Clean Up Campaign in Harare’s oldest high-density suburb Mbare last Friday. Officiating the cleanup campaign in Women’s month themed Sweeping Gender-Based Violence, Harare deputy mayor Councillor Rosemary Muronda said it was important to get rid of GBV in homes between men and women. “It is my honor to officiate the Clean Up campaign during the Month of Women and Gender-Based…

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Zimbabwe Launches Women at the Center Project To Ease GBV Case Management and Referral Pathways

By Michael Gwarisa The Government of  Zimbabwe through the Ministry of Women Affairs Community, and Small and Medium Enterprise Development in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), have launched the Women at the Centre Project that focuses on providing increased support to survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV) through quality case management. Japanese Pharmaceutical Company Takeda is supporting the project and its being implemented over four years.  Zimbabwe is one of five countries that are part of this project. The other countries are Indonesia, El Salvador, Azerbaijan and…

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Over 2000 Sexual Violence Criminal Acts Recorded In Zimbabwe In The Past Three Months

By Michael Gwarisa Crimes of a sexual nature, coupled with the increased occurrence of intimate partner violence and gender-based violence (GBV) continue to dominate Zimbabwe’s Crime data, official statistics have shown. Data gathered by the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat) shows that rape is still a major crime in Zimbabwe, with men constituting the largest number of perpetrators. According to the Zimstat data relating to Crimes and Prison admissions for the Third Quarter of 2023, the national crime rate was 1,201.8 crimes per 100,000 people in the third quarter, an…

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Gender Inclusivity Celebrated at Wildlife Scouts Graduation in Zimbabwe

A total of 28 community wildlife scouts drawn from Mbire and Muzarabani Districts graduated at the Zimbabwe Institute of Wildlife Conservation (ZIWC) in Masvingo following the completion of a basic ranger training course facilitated by the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) under the ongoing Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) funded ‘UTARIRI – Integrated and Adaptive Biodiversity, Climate and Livelihoods Project in the Zambezi Valley, 2022-2025.’ By Staff Reporter Almost half of the graduates were women, signifying the importance of gender inclusion in developmental aspects, including the conservation of natural resources and…

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