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  • Update on the constitution outreach programme - Last week at a glance issue 40
    Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe
    July 20, 2010

    On Wednesday 14 July 2010 the Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) convened a press conference and released a press statement on the Constitution Outreach Programme and announced a break from the 11th of July to the 18th of July to allow for the opening of Parliament and the presentation of the mid-term fiscal statement. Outreach work resumes on Monday 19 July 2010.

    COPAC Notes an improved participation of women in the consultations.

    According to statistics coming from the provinces there is an indication of marked improvement of the participation of women in the consultations. For example, Mashonaland East women constituted 40.8% and men constituted 37.1 of the total population, in Manicaland women constituted 44.4% while men constituted 42.3 percent. The total figures for the whole country as at 10 July 2010 shows that 42.2% (64 382) of those who have participated are men while 40.9% (62 404) are women.

    The number of outreach meetings held so far.

    A total of 1 000 meetings have been held so far nationally with the Midlands Province in the lead with a total of 158 meetings. Manicaland Province had the highest figure of participants, a total number of 28 273 people attended Outreach Meetings in the province and Matebeleland North Province had the least number of meetings, only 73 meetings were convened and attended by 6205 people. COPAC expressed concern over the low figures in Matebeleland Province and has recommended that measures be taken to improve the people's participation in this important national exercise.

    Launch of Doors of Hope Development Trust

    A new women's organization; Doors of Hope Development Trust was launched on the 14th of July 2010 at a local hotel in Harare. The organization was founded in 2009 by MDC-T women who were victims of politically motivated rape and sexual abuse, it made up of 45 members from all over the country and its objectives are to;

    • Assist victims of rape to develop their own potential to handle post traumatic events of rape or sexual abuse.
    • Lobby government and other responsibilities authorities to avail and implement policies that accommodate survivors of rape.
    • Empower survivors of rape psychologically, educationally, economically and socially.
    • Promote healthy living for victims through treatment, counseling and education on relevant issues

    Doors of Hope Development Trust was founded by Mary Pamire and Rutendo Mutengami and are seeking support in any form whether cash or kind in order for the organization to grow. Research and Advocacy Unit, Programmes Manager Kudakwashe Chitsike applauded the founders for standing up as victims of a systems and as true heroes who defied societal norms.

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