RMT Submitted the Message to the Zimbabwe Gender Commission through the Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe
Rozaria Memorial Trust joins the women`s movement in Zimbabwe in congratulating the Commissioners appointed to serve in the first Zimbabwe Gender Commission, an institution established by the Constitution of Zimbabwe. This role comes through following years of advocacy by women and gender activist in the country striving for critical commitment to advancing the rights of women and girls and the reduction of gender inequalities and discrimination in our communities.
RMT was founded recognising the struggles and innovations of rural girls and women who are often denied education and economic opportunities. We therefore make an immediate request to the Gender Commission that it sets its work through addressing the inter-sectionalities of gender, class, race and socio-economic status, both in its outreach and in content of its work.
As the Gender Commission takes in its role, we recommend the following and immediate strategic actions:
- Adopt a rights based and inter-generational approach that links policy to impact in the work of the Commission. This should be accompanied by a clear resource and accountability framework.
- Outreach to rural communities and establish contacts, ways of work and strategic communications at the district levels. Building such strong networks will ensure that the Commission is connected, meaningful and responding to the daily realities of women and girls in communities.
- Knowledge generation and research that informs policy, programmes and resource allocation. The Gender Commission must prioritise this role in key areas such as on child and forced marriage, economic opportunities and entrepreneurship, gender approaches in procurement etc. Such research must be at both the micro and macro level.
- Monitoring policy implementation. Zimbabwe has many policies that impact on gender equality, and yet has a deficit in implementation. The Commission’s monitoring role and engagement with sectoral ministries, especially the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community development as well as with Parliament must accelerate the necessary action for policy implementation.
- ICT and Gender Equality. The Gender Commission must reposition the national efforts to leverage the power of technology for advancing gender equality with intentionality.
Rozaria Memorial Trust (RMT) is a non-profit making organization based in Murewa district working to improve the lives of women and Orphans and Vulnerable Children through promoting access to education, health and entrepreneurship. RMT was founded by Mrs Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda in 2007 in memory her late mother Mbuya Rozaria Marumisa-Dizha, a community woman leader whose life embodied the principles of caring, sharing and innovation. Rozaria Memorial Trust provides a platform for the voices of women and children in rural community to shape local, national and global policy. The organisation has three strategic objectives, namely:
- Ensure life opportunities and secure rights for young women girls especially in through preventing child marriages and increasing opportunities to education, knowledge and technology.
- Promote access to health, education and livelihoods for women and children living with HIV.
- Work in collaboration and partnerships for policy influencing and greater impact and sustainability, leveraging the power of ICTs.
For further information, contact:
Kudakwashe Dizha, Coordinator