ZWB hosted IWD 2021 commemorations
The Honourable Minister of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Dr Sithembiso Nyoni giving opening remarks at the International Women’s Day Celebrations.
Zimbabwe Women’s Bureau (ZWB) in partnership with Restless Development, Hope for Adolescence and Youth, Shanduko Yehupenyu Child Care (SYCC), Madanhaashe Charity Organisation (MCO), Zivo Aid Group (ZAG) and Hopley Can Change Initiative (HCCI) join the rest of the world in commemorating the International Day for Women (IWD) recognizing women’s achievements and lobbying for elimination violence against women.
The event was hosted with support from UN Women and European Union as part of the Spotlight initiative Project designed to eliminate violence and Harmful Practices (HP) against women and girls.
The day was commemorated under the international theme “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world”, while the national theme is “Women’ s rights to decisions making vital in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic”.
The Zimbabwe Constitution under Section 17 calls on the State to promote full gender balance in Zimbabwean society, and in particular – with regard to promoting the full participation of women in all spheres of Zimbabwean society on the basis of equality with men and to take legislative and other measures to ensure that both genders are equally represented in all institutions and agencies of government at every level; and that women should constitute at least half of members of all Commissions and other elective and appointed governmental bodies established under the Constitution or any Act of Parliament.
Women played a crucial role in curbing the spread of Covid 19 pandemic demonstrated skills and knowledge towards recovery efforts.
In her remarks, Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Minister, Dr Sithembiso Nyoni said this year’ s theme celebrated the tremendous efforts by women and girls in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Communities perspective have shifted and there is more acceptance than ever before that women bring different experiences and make exceptional contributions in decision making, policies and laws,’’ she said.
Speaking during the commemorations Zimbabwe Women’s Bureau (ZWB) Vice Chairperson Nomuhle Nyoni, the Zimbabwe Gender Commission (ZGC) Chief Executive Officer Virginia Muwaningwa and Women’s of Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCoZ) Chairperson Evernice Manado expressed concern over an increase of domestic violence during Covid-19 pandemic induced lockdown and encouraged positive masculinity.
The Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Minister and women’s organisations are dedicated towards women empowerment, meaningful participation in the economy and advocates against all forms of violence.
IWD celebration were supported by local artists Selmor Mtukudzi, Allanah and Freeman who thrilled the audience with outstanding performance and pledged to respond and prevent all forms of violence against women and girls through music, strengthening movement building
The trio called upon all stakeholders to collaborate effort with Spotlight Initiative project to improve the lives of women, elimination of violence and harmful practices.
The Spotlight Initiative consortium calls upon the government to promote gender balance and to take positive measures to rectify gender discrimination and imbalances that continue to exist.
The Network members acknowledged the work that is being done by women organisations and community Based Organisations (CBOs) in ensuring that women remain engaged in elimination of GBV and Gender equality issues.
In closing ZWB called on all stakeholders, the government and leadership to end the exclusion and marginalization of women and girls in governance processes in Zimbabwe.
Despite the fact that Zimbabwe is making strides to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and women are bearing the brunt as they are at risk of transmission from caregiving with some not even being able to take care of themselves when sick leading to fatalities.
ZWB urged the government to ensure gender equality and equity as well as gender mainstreaming in all processes to enhance women’s participation in social, economic and democratic governance processes.