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Deputy Prime Minister's office commemorates 16 days of Activism
against Gender Violence
December 08, 2010
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".
Director's Forum discusses the Constitution making process
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
Week at a Glance
Building sensitization workshop for the Local and Traditional leaders,
29 November 2010
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".
AIDS Day - 1 December 2010
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).
Building Cluster hosted by Young Women's Christian Association
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
Gender Sensitive Reporting Media Awards - Federations of African
Media Women Zimbabwe (FAMWZ)
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".
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.
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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