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Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development launches
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence 2010
November 29, 2010
of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development launched the
16 Days of Activism Campaign at Rusape General Hospital under the
theme: "Structures of Violence: Defining Safety and Security
for Women and Girls" on the 25th of November 2010. Hundreds
of people gathered to witness the launch including the Minister
of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Hon. Dr. O.
Muchena, Dr S. Utete Masango, Governor and Resident Min. Cde C.
Mushohwe, Country Representative UNFPA, Dr B Tambashe, Chairperson
of the Anti-Domestic Violence Council, Bishop T. Manhanga and Chief
Makoni. The commemorations also witnessed the commissioning of the
Makoni One Stop Centre for survivors of gender based violence
SADC Protocol Alliance formalizes theCluster on Gender, Peace and
and the Institute of Security Studies convened a workshop from the
22nd to the 23rd of November 2010 at Irene Country Lodge in Gauteng.
Participants were drawn from SADC countries and included civil society
and the security sectors of the different countries. The objectives
were to organise ourselves as SADC women on peace and security issues
and facilitate the implementation of Article 28 of the SADC Protocol
on Gender and Development which relates to UNSCR 1325. To this end,
the process proceeded by initially getting an overview of the debates
and practices on gender, conflict and post conflict reconstruction
followed by a reflection on the advances and challenges in implementing
UNSCR 1325 in Africa, and then generally an overview of the conflicts
in Southern Africa and their implications for gender, peace and
security. Sessions were also dedicated to discussing gender and
peace keeping in Southern Africa.
Week at a Glance
The form and
function of a SADC Protocol Alliance Peace and Security Cluster
was also discussed. The cluster will be coordinated and led by the
institute of Security Studies based in Southern Africa. The Institute
was mandated to consult different alliance partners in SADC countries
to scout for country lead organizations. WCoZ was represented in
the meeting by Netsai Mushonga, the National Coordinator and Emilia
Muchawa, the Chairperson. WCoZ is the SADC Protocol Alliance partners
The Gender Forum
commemorates 16 days. The Gender Forum successfully convened the
academic symposium at the Women's University in Africa on
the 23rd of November 2010 and the HIV/Aids and Gender Based Violence
Fair under the 16 days commemorations. Chapters of WCoz participated
in these events.
Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe (WFoZ) - Honours men
Filmmakers of Zimbabwe on Wednesday, 24th November 2010, honoured
outstanding women and men in different categories at a glittering
ceremony held in Harare. Dr Susan Haines, Devine Ndhlukula and Nelly
Dhlembe scooped the female awards in different categories. The awards
were an initiative to recognise the achievements in uplifting of
lives of women in respective communities. The director of WFoZ,
Tsitsi Dangarembga said the objective of the awards was to counter
societal discrimination against women, which tends to commend and
applaud the contributions of men to development at the expense of
women's equally important involvement.
a constitutional taskforce meeting on the 25th of November to come
up with a way forward regarding the Constitution Making Process.
As a way forward, the taskforce will convene a press conference
for journalists from both the private and public media and address
them on the position of the women in Zimbabwe on the Constitution
Making Process and the upcoming elections in
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