ActionAid Zimbabwe (AAZ) joined the rest of the world in Commemorating the International Women’s Day celebrations on the 9th of March 2017 in Chitungwiza. The day that is commemorated on the 8th of March every year world-wide saw women from different walks of life in Chitungwiza coming together to commemorate the day.
AAZ and partners namely, Students and Youths Working on reproductive Health Action Team (SAYWHAT) and Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association (ZWLA) held a luncheon with different women in Chitungwiza as they celebrate each other and the amount of work they have done under a She Can project they have been working on since 2014 December up to date.
The She Can project seeks to will increase safety, mobility, access to justice and gender-responsive public services women and girls, who are vulnerable to violence against women and girls (VAWG) and it is being implemented in 20 urban areas in Bangladesh, Myanmar, Kenya and Zimbabwe.
The event that was graced by individuals from the Ministry of Women’s affairs, Gender and Community development, The Chitungwiza District Adminstrators’ office, the Mayor’s office and volunteers from the She can project.
The Harare Metropolitan Acting Provincial Development Officer Mr. Ernest Chimboza who was the guest of Honour from the Ministry of women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development highlighted the need for the partners to continue complementing Government efforts in supporting women.
We are really grateful for the support we are getting from ActionAid and its partners in addressing issues to do with women in Chitungwiza. We promise continued support as we complement each other in efforts to make life bearable for women in our communities especially in Chitungwiza, he said.
The event was packed with song, dance and drama as women highlighted their plights and journey through these platforms under the She Can Project. The initiative has seen the rehabilitation of streets and tower lights in parts of Chitungwiza which will help in the reduction of violence against women in public spaces.
Ekenia Chifamba, the Director of Shamwari Yemwanasikana who gave the speech on behalf of the invited guest Sally Dura from the Women’s Coalition, assured women of the need for them to keep on doing the great work and never look down upon themselves.
Please never look down on yourself. You may not be born with a silver spoon, but in your hand lies a tool to carve out for yourself a golden one. It might seem as if things are not taking the expected shape. Keep on keeping on, she said.
The theme for this year was Be bold for change which gave an opportunity for women and everyone else to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women as well as declare bold actions they will take as individuals to help progress the gender agenda. The national theme for Zimbabwe for 2017 was "The woman we want is bankable, business minded, brainy, beautiful, bold, blessed and balanced".
ActionAid Zimbabwe, ACTIVISTA members, which is a group of young people campaigning for Gender Responsive Public services which helps in the reduction of GBV against women in public spaces, also graced the event. The group makes powerful use of song, drama and poetry as a way of convening messages and communicating.