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Deputy Prime Minister's office commemorates 16 days of Activism against Gender Violence
Women's Coalition
December 08, 2010

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Honorable Thokozani Khupe held a one day workshop to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. The workshop was held at Rainbow Towers Hotel on the 29th November 2010 which is also the international Women's Human Rights Day on the campaign calendar. The workshop focused on women human rights defenders and the theme was: "Structures of Violence: Defining intersections of militarism and violence against women".

WCoZ Director's Forum discusses the Constitution making process

Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCoZ) convened a Director's Forum breakfast meeting on the 2nd of December 2010 at Crown Plaza Hotel. Thirty directors attended the meeting whose objective was to come up with a way forward on the Constitution Making Process and upcoming elections in 2011. The women noted that it was critical to link the discussion on the elections and the new constitution. Women agreed that it was ideal to hold elections under a new constitutional dispensation hence the urgent need to rekindle interest and continue to push for a new constitution. The directors also resolved to come up with a roadmap to elections for women and share this with the local politicians as well as the SADC Ambassadors, secretariat and heads of state. The voices of women have not been clear in constitution making yet this was urgent and necessary. Women will work closely with the management committee and COPAC on issues of constitution making. WCoZ was tasked to coordinate a list of names of women who can work as drafters and train them. On engagement with the referendum, WCoZ will collaborate with Women in Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) and Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association (ZWLA) to conduct a gender analysis of the draft constitution and conduct civic education based on the draft.

Last Week at a Glance

Peace Building sensitization workshop for the Local and Traditional leaders, 29 November 2010

Women's Coalition Bindura Chapter in partnership with member organizations implementing the Peace Building Project held a one day workshop for traditional and local leaders in Mashonaland Central Province on Monday the 29th of November 2010. More than 30 participants actively took part in this process. The objective of the workshop was to sensitize local and traditional leaders on violence against women, government's efforts in combating it and the role of women leaders, traditional leaders, community leaders and religious leaders in ensuring that women and children are protected against violence. The key outcomes of the workshop focused on strengthening the roles of all leaders in combating all forms of violence especially violence against women and girls. The workshop was organised to coincide with the 16 days of activism against Gender based Violence under the national theme: 'Structures of Violence: Creating Safety and Security for Women and Girls".

World AIDS Day - 1 December 2010

Zimbabwe like the rest of the World commemmorated Wolrd AIDS Day on 1 December
2010. WCoZ staff members attended a cocktail hosted by Zimbabwe Aids Network and Embassy of Sweden (SIDA).

Peace Building Cluster hosted by Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA)

The second Peace building cluster meeting was hosted by YWCA on Tuesday, the 30th of November 2010, with the key objective of consolidating the cluster membership and objectives. Members in attendance agreed that YWCA be the lead organization of the cluster and will be liaising with the WCoZ secretariat for logistical and other programmatic areas. The Peace building officer from the WCoZ secretariat was tasked to circulate the draft concept note to the members for their input so that the document would be used for fundraising, taking into account that Zimbabwe might be holding elections in June 2011.

2010 Gender Sensitive Reporting Media Awards - Federations of African Media Women Zimbabwe (FAMWZ)

The Federation of African Media Women Zimbabwe on Friday, 3 December 2010 honoured three (3) media practitioners who have excelled in gender sensitive media reporting in 2010 at Cresta Jameson Hotel. The winners of the awards are Monica Cheru, Soneni Gwizi, Walter Marwizi and Phyllis Kachere. The theme for the event was "A media that promotes gender equality and opportunity for women and girls".

Upcoming Events

Young Women African Leaders Movement (YWALM) held the 500 Young Women Walk on 8 December 2010. We will give you details of this successful event in our next issue.

Tusanani Trust Cover announced the PX2, an innovative empowerment project for young women. The training will be held at the Celebration Church Centre and its for young adults. The cost per participant is USD150.

Women Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) convened a pretest workshop of the family handbook on the 7th December 2010 at Cresta Oasis Lodge.

WCoZ staff and board wishes you a merry christmas and a productive, peaceful 2011!!

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