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to engage Matebeleland traditional leaders on Constitutional making
Forum on Gender
March 11, 2010
in collaboration with Musasa
Project will be in Bulawayo tomorrow, Friday the 12th of March
2010, to hold a sensitization meeting with the traditional and religious
leaders on the new constitution making process. A total number of
about two hundred leaders from Matebeleland North and South are
expected to attend the meeting.
This is a preparatory
session for the forthcoming Zimbabwe Constitution Consultative Outreach
programme aimed at conscientising the leaders on the need to advocate
for women's empowerment with respect to having access and
control to the necessary resources that will fully uplift the status
Speaking ahead of the
programme on why the programme is targeting the traditional and
religious leaders, the Padare/Enkundleni Programmes Coordinator
Mr Eddington Mhonda said, "As the custodians and guardians
of tradition, they are key players in redefining culture and tradition
to promote the acknowledgement and support of women's ability
to deliver since the subjugation of women is vested in the traditional
practises which is a phenomenon of the patriarchal system. In addition,
they are critical in mobilising communities for the welfare and
well being of families and communities."
The similar activity
shall be carried out in other Provinces namely Manicaland, Masvingo
and Midlands. The provisional dates set for these activities are
18, 23 and 25 March 2010 respectively.
In Mashonaland West Province,
Padare/Enkundleni Chinhoyi Chapter will be participating at this
year's Provincial commemoration of the International Women's
Day spearheaded by the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community
Development. One important thing that the Padare/Enkundleni men
will be doing is to echo their support for women's participation
in decision making processes
Meanwhile, the organisation
is set to participate at the National commemoration of International
Women's Day set for Friday 19 March 2010 at the Chitungwiza
Aquatic Complex in Chitungwiza. This is an event spearheaded by
the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development.
In the Midlands Province,
Padare/Enkundleni is set to introduce its Schools Programme in the
province. To kick start the process a stakeholders meeting shall
be convened in Gweru at the Village Lodge on the 17th of March 2010.
The aim of the meeting is to sensitize the various key stakeholders
on the objectives of the programme and its operational parameters.
The programme which is
entitled, Engaging, Challenging and Inspiring Young Men to make
Health Choices and Prevent Gender Based Violence targets boys in
secondary and high schools of both Gweru rural and urban. This is
part of the organisation's efforts in building a vibrant men's
movement for a gender just by engaging boys, a strategy that fulfils
the old adage that says, "It is easier to educate a young
child than to repair an old person." The implementation of
this programme will be based on the recommendations that came out
of the Padare/Enkundleni baseline survey- The Boy Child's
Voice: A Dimension to Children's Rights, Sexuality, Sexual
Abuse, Reproductive Health, Gender Based Violence and Impact of
Hegemonic Masculinities on the Boy Child In Zimbabwe.
Schools Programme Officer for Gweru Mr Paul Juru said, "This
initiative aims at ushering a new generation of men that is gender
sensitive and that respects the upholding of women's rights.
In addition, it provides a platform to engage the boys in redefining
manhood since much of the challenges that the boy child of Zimbabwe
is facing today has some cultural underpinnings vested in the socialization
process of children."
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