Nine things you need to know about periods and the pandemic

MENSTRUATION is misunderstood and stigmatized around the world, a fact likely to worsen under the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are nine things you need to know about periods and the pandemic – and what the world needs to do about it. SOURCE: UNFPA 1. Menstruation is not a sign of illness or COVID-19 Menstruation is healthy and normal. It is not a sign of illness. But myths about menstruation and COVID-19 are circulating. In China, for instance, people have reported hearing that menstruation increases one’s vulnerability to the coronavirus. In Tanzania,…

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Merck Foundation Trains 500 Specialist Health Workers In Africa

MERCK Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA says it is satisfied with doctors going back to work in their countries after being trained to specialize in different fields. By Winnie Agnes Botha-Merck Foundation The aim of Merck Foundation training program is to develop a strong platform of specialists in Oncology, Fertility and Diabetes. The specialized doctors are expected to support the public health system of their respective countries to improve access to equitable and quality healthcare. Merck Foundation Chief Executive Officer-CEO- Dr. Rasha Kelej, who is also President of…

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Police Vetting For Sunday School Teachers To Curb Child Sexual Abuse

ZCC Liason Officer Rev Samuel Sifelani

ZIMBABWE churches have introduced police vetting for aspiring Sunday School teachers in a bid to reduce growing cases of Child Sexual abuse in churches, HealthTimes can reveal. By Michael Gwarisa This revelation was made by Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) Liaison Officer, Reverend Samuel Sifelani at the Women and Girls Symposium in Epworth recently. Our goal is to ensure that the church becomes a refuge for people facing abuse. However, sexual abuse has also become an issue in the church where people are facing various forms of abuse including sexual…

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End Forced Sterilisation Of Women Living With HIV

THE Global Network of People living HIV (GNP+), the International Community of Women living with HIV and the Global Network of Young People living with HIV (Y+),  have called  for an end to forced sterilisation of women living with HIV. In a statement, the three orgnisations described the act as a horrific violation of  human rights and called for an end to all violations of women’s autonomy and bodily integrity. The forced and coerced sterilization of women living with HIV has been documented in over 31 countries around the world,…

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Women Now Using Tobacco To Shrink Their Private Parts

WOMEN are now applying tobacco powder and other tobacco related products on their private parts in the belief that it shrinks their genitals, increase sexual pleasure and raises the odds of getting pregnant. By Michael Gwarisa The practice of applying tobacco to the lady parts is now popular in most West African countries and has also spread to other African countries including Zimbabwe. Tobacco or “miracle recipe” as it is now called in West African countries “increases sexual pleasure tenfold” or “sends a man into the seventh heaven” and this…

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Speakout Campaign Against GBV Launched in Epworth

A  campaign to eliminate  Gender Based Violence (GBV) at community level was today (11/12/19) launched in Epworth, Harare amidst indications that government and partners are in the process of setting up a One-Stop Centre for GBV survivors in the same area. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the launch of the Speakout: No Longer Silent Campaign in Epworth, Ministry of Women Affairs, Community Small and Medium Enterprise Development Provincial Development Officer Mr Ernest Chimbodza said the only way communities can end GBV is by uniting and exposing acts of Sexual Gender…

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Traditional Chiefs Rebuke GBV

ZIMBABWE’S traditional religious leaders have defended their culture saying it does not condone gender based violence. By Kudakwashe Pembere This emerged during an SRHR Africa Trust (SAT) organized dialogue marking the end of the 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence. At a time when the blame is always thrown at traditional leaders, the chiefs said they yearn to work with organisations well versed in this controversial issue. Chief Chimoyo from Mashonaland East Province said these organisations will capacitate them in handling such issues. “Every time we sit for…

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Chinhoyi One Stop Centre For GBV Survivors Launched

THE United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has launched the One Stop center for  survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Chinhoyi in an effort to improve access to services for survivors of Gender Based Violence By Michael Gwarisa The GBV One-stop centre is part of the Zero Tolerance for GBV 365 National programme and has been birthed from a partnership between the UNFPA, the governments of Britain, Ireland, Sweden and the European Unione (EU) through support from the ministry of Gender and Community development. Speaking at the launch, UNFPA country…

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Gendered Corruption In Health Sector, Women Bear The Brunt

HEALTH sector corruption has over the years been swept under the carpet and in most cases, citizens tend to turn a blind eye to its existence. By Michael Gwarisa However, evidence gathered by the Transparency International Zimbabwe (TIZ) indicate that health sector corruption  comes in different facets and is an everyday occurrence and affects women the most. Corruption is defined by Transparency International as the “Misuse of entrusted power for private gain.” Corruption in most cases occur when public officials who have been given authority and a goal which further…

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WAG Takes Gender Budgeting To The Grassroots

WOMEN’S Action Group  (WAG), has commenced pre-budget consultation meetings inorder to raise awareness on the importance of mainstreaming gender budgeting in the budgeting process. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Guruve Speaking during a public expenditure feedback and budget consultation meeting held in Guruve yesterday (25/09/19), WAG Programs Officer, Fiona Tinarwo said the national budget to be presented by finance minister, Prof Mthuli Ncube in November this year should be gender responsive and also prioritise women’s needs. For us to advance Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for women, there is…

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