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Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development launches 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence 2010
Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe
November 29, 2010

The Ministry 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

The SADC Protocol Alliance formalizes theCluster on Gender, Peace and Security

Genderlinks 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.

Last 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 in Zimbabwe.

Last Week's Events

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 and women

The Women 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.

Constitution making process

WCoZ convened 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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