Mobile Apps helping women manage their menstrual cycles, SRH

By Takudzwa Mahove

Thanks to new IT apps, women and girls are now empowered and can now manage their sexual reproductive health. They can now track when to expect their period to start and stop and , when they are most likely to fall pregnant if they are intimate.

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Patriarchy still a scourge to development in remote areas

By Marvellous Matswimbo Community Based Organisations (CBO) from Matabeleland have raised alarm over the continued existence of patriarchal societies despite many advocacies for equality. Speaking in a meeting organised by South Western Region Gender Network (SWRGN) on 29 December 2020, Stacy Nyathi of Matobo Youth Development Initiative (MYDI) said, women in remote areas are still excluded from community engagement programs as they are viewed as inferior to man. “In most rural areas there is still low participation of women, girls and youths on issues that are related to local governance and civil processes and this is not because they are inexperienced but because they are still being deprived of the opportunities to compete and prove themselves, patriarchy is still the order of the day”, said Nyathi. The end of year review meeting which was on local governance was also graced by Hope for Children and Youth Foundation Trust, Maranatha Orphan Care Trust and Souls Comfort Trust. As a way forward and a step towards ensuring gender equality and equity, Mrs Chele Nyathi, the director of SWRGN said, it is important to raise awareness by firstly unpacking and defining the term gender equality as many people mistake it for a term that is used only for women and girls. “We do researches and investigations to ensure that gender equality starts from CBOs themselves going down to the communities and the challenge is that most people when they hear the term ‘gender’ the first thing which comes to their minds is women, so people need to be educated and the term gender equality should be unpacked”, she said. She added: “As one of the educating measures, we deliberately engage men in our programs because they are the change agents, we cannot talk about them without involving them.”
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Woman excels in small scale mining

By Takudzwa Mahove

 

For Sophie Takuva, the Great Dyke is a gift that keeps on giving as she sings forward ever backward never. Sophie started off as a small scale supplier, became a gold buyer and is now a successful small scale miner.

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COVID19 Restrictions limiting young women's access to SRHR services in Gwanda

By Dumisani Nyoni

Young women in Gwanda district are struggling to access contraceptives due to lockdown measures introduced to minimise the spread of Covid-19 pandemic, raising fears of more unplanned pregnancies that often lead to unsafe abortions.

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Women's football hit hard by Covid-19

by Loveness Nyathi


FEMALE footballers are struggling to focus on the game during the Covid-19 crisis as demanding household chores at home keep them away from individual training.

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Fear, lack of support, the leading causes in unreported violence and abuse.

By Shamiso Chigonde

 The coming of the COVID-19 pandemic and introduction of lockdown measures has increased women’s vulnerabilities, with a rise in problems ranging from the domestic, economic to the political. The pandemic has also led to an upsurge in sexual abuse and domestic violence cases, with perpetrators being close relations of victims in most cases.

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Vagina Monologues encouraging uncomfortable but necessary dialogue on women's reproductive health

By Thandeka Matebesi

In many African societies sex and sexuality are taboo topics that cannot be explicitly and freely talked about especially with parents or relatives. Any attempt at openly discussing sex and sexuality is castigated as a sing of immorality. Most young people have turned to alternative forms of knowledge such as friends, internet and television where they risk getting wrong information which puts them in harms’ way.

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Women in business face Covid-19 setbacks

by Loveness Nyathi


REELING from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, women’s entrepreneurial grouping, Inotho Kubomama is struggling to get back on its feet after members used reserve funds during the lockdown.

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COVID-19 takes psychological toll on Zim health care workers

By Nyaradzo Bakari

For all the years they have dedicated their lives to saving people’s lives through their job, 2020 has turned out to be the most devastating of their experiences and the greatest worry is the mental health effects that come with dealing with the deadly COVID -19 pandemic. Health front liners’ experiences during this pandemic are a narration of sad and tough experiences they have to endure saving lives and putting their own on the line.

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Musasa Project urges women to report GBV cases

by Takudzwa Mahove

It is an age-old topic of discussion, a global problem which needs to be addressed day in day out with never ending efforts of indoctrination for humankind to realise and accept that Gender Based Violence has no place anywhere in the world.

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Online marketing skills for women entrepreneurs

By Loveness Nyathi

SOCIAL media marketing is emerging as one of the most sought-after skills in a world, where there is increased interaction online hence no business can afford to ignore these platforms.

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Women in Tsholotsho feel the pinch of climate change

 

by Thandeka Matebesi

Miss Chelesani Ndlovu is a single mother of three residing with her mother in Ward 13 area in Tsholotsho, Matabeleland North. Every October she starts her farming preparations despite the fact that for the past two consecutive seasons there has been erratic rainfall which comes mostly around December and January.

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Lupane Women Development Trust steps in to slow down Corona spread

by Marvelous Matsvimbo

Lupane Womens Development Trust donated dishwashing liquid and 20 litre containers for boreholes in Lupane to help sanitise rural women because women and girls are at risk of contracting covid 19 as they are the ones who provide basic services like fetching water.

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