NAC Donates 100 Bicycles to Brotha 2 Brotha Initiative

THE National AIDS Council (NAC), has donated a total 100 bicycles to the Brotha 2 Brotha mentors in Harare Province to strengthen community linkages and health systems with the aim of enhancing access to sexual reproductive health (SRH) for boys. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking during the handover ceremony, Honorable Oliver Chidawu, the Harare Minister of State for Provincial Affairs said the programme will expand the current HIV and AIDS response in the province and enhance preparedness to address health emergencies in communities. Young people are lagging behind as compared to…

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Enhancing Gender Equality and SRH Appreciation Amongst Boys Through The Brotha2Brotha Program

OVER the years, wide spread research has shown that working with, men and boys as well as women and girls leads to gender equality and contributes significantly to achieving health and development goals. By Michael Gwarisa According to evidence gathered by the United Population Fund (UNFPA), it has been proven that working towards gender equality by empowering women and engaging men  is fundamental to achieving a host of development outcomes, including reducing poverty, improving health and addressing other population concerns. Men’s and boys’ relationships with women and girls can support…

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How Economic Empowerment Project Has Liberated Zim Rural Women From GBV

THE dawn of the lockdown period that was introduced following confirmation of positive COVID-19 cases in Zimbabwe in March this year gave birth to a spike in Gender Based Violence (GBV) cases in the country. By Michael Gwarisa According to a report titled “Violence Against Women and Girls During the Covid-19 Crisis in Zimbabwe” that was gathered by five NGOs working with survivors of gender-based violence, including the Musasa Project, the Adult Rape Clinic and the Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association, there was a sharp increase in domestic violence during the…

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ZICHIRE’s Safe Spaces Program Rescues UMP & Mudzi Women Who Experienced GBV During Lockdown

THE Zimbabwe Community Health Intervention Research (ZICHIRE) is implementing a program dubbed the “Safe Spaces” program in Mudzi and Uzumba, Maramba and Pfungwe (UMP) with the aim of empowering women who experienced Gender Based Violence (GBV) during the COVID-19 induced lockdown. By Michael Gwarisa The humanitarian project is also aimed at capacitating and building resilient communities so as to prevent abuse at grassroots level. In an interview with HealthTimes, ZICHIRE Programs Manager, Mr Walter Chikanya said empowering women economically was one sure way of reducing GBV. The program that we…

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ZICHIRE Takes SAFE SPACES Training To Uzumba

ZICHIRE a Civil Society Organisation implementing community based public health programmes and building of resilient communities has taken their SAFE SPACE program to Uzumba, Maramba and Pfungwe (UMP) in a bid to educate communities on issues around Gender Based Violence (GBV), Sexual Reproductive Health (SRHR) among issues. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, ZICHIRE program manager, Mr Walter Chikanya said the training also incorporated sign Language Training for ZiCHIRe’s community cadres conducting SAFE SPACE program in UMP so as to cater even for people with disabilities who are…

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#SisterToSister Program Keeps UMP Girls Off Early Marriages and HIV Risk

THE Sister to Sister program being spearheaded by the Zimbabwe Community Health Intervention Research project (Zichire) is working flat out to ensure young girls in Uzumba, Maramba and Pfungwe (UMP) pursue their dreams without the inconvenience of early marriages and HIV infection. By Michael Gwarisa recently in UMP The issue of early marriages is most prevalent in the UMP district with members of the Appstolic sect (Mapostori ekwa Marange) and artisanal miners (Makororkoza) being the major perpetrators  and drivers of early marriages. In an interview on the sidelines of a…

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