Rozaria Memorial Trust Girl Clubs
Girls’ and young women rights and empowerment are at the heart of RMT programming. Five (5) Rozaria Girls Clubs were established in 2013 in 5 Secondary Schools i.e. Chipinda, Magaya, Hurungwe, Kambarami and Chemapango and the other two out of school RGCs were established in the year 2016.One of these two is in Magaya Village, Murewa and the other in Dzivarasekwa, Harare. More to this as the project is ongoing, another girl’s Club was recently established in Mashonaland Central in Takawira village. There is also a Rozaria Girls Club North America Chapter whose focus is on fostering the spirit of volunteerism and supporting girls in sport. Visit www.rozariagirlsclub.com to keep up with the clubs activities.
The Clubs were established in consideration of the importance on engagement of adolescent girls as central to empowerment objective of women and girls and the broader response to GBV.
The in-school programme is integral to the activities of learners at the school and supported by a teacher/mentor. It contributes to school-based programmes related to prevention of HIV, school dropouts, teenage pregnancy as well as enhancing learning and performance. The collaboration with Ministry of Education has been crucial to the success of this programme. Currently, the programme is running in five secondary schools, namely Magaya, Hurungwe, Kambarami, Chemapango and Chipinda. In addition, RMT has out of school girls clubs in Umupfurudzi, Shamva and in the USA.
Rozaria Girls` Club is a platform that is designed to provide an opportunity where girls can express themselves, acquire life skills, share their problems and find common solutions with their peers. It is a safe space where girls can talk about the sexual reproductive health rights and responsibilities.Adolescent sexual and reproductive health is a major public health concern. Many adolescents knew the different types of sexually transmitted diseases and aware of the consequences, but they don’t have adequate access to sexual and reproductive health information addressed at school and at home.
Sexual activities and early marriages are detrimental to the health of and wellbeing of adolescent girls and they put them again at risk of various reproductive health challenges such as unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions and high levels of STI and HIV infections.When girls are forced to marry young they are often pulled out of school at a very critical age in their development.
The specific goal of the project is to;
- To build a social movement and critical mass of socially and economically empowered, educated and healthy girls who can claim their rights and contribute to well being of their families and society at large.
To achieve the goal, the following strategic interventions are being used
- Convening and strengthening of the girls safe spaces
- Training, capacity building and skills enhancement
- Mentorship and fellowship
- Supporting Girls in Soccer
- Exchange and solidarity visits
- Research and documentation
- Communication and social media engagement.
Open Letters To Mrs. N. Gumbonzvanda (Chief Executive Officer of Rozaria Memorial Trust)
The day I met Gogo N.G
by Audrey Mukorama
The day I met Gogo N.G
by Epephania Songore