We held our celebrations of the #IDGC2020 International Day of the Girl Child on the 9th of October at Seke 2 High School. FAWEZI invited girls and boys from schools under – School Related Gender Based Violence -A Whole School Approach -Pilot Initiative project. Amid the COVID -19 pandemic, lock-down, prolonged school closure, current absence of teachers In the schools we offered our girls a platform to speak on issues affecting them. FAWEZI engaged Rejoice Nyewerwayi Nharaunda to facilitate an anonymous question and answer session whilst also offering psychological support to the girls and the boys.Issues raised by the learners include teen pregnancy, sexual abuse, child marriage, lack of adequate food and sanitary wear , water shortages, illegal abortion, and fear around the uncertainty of their education. Representatives from the Chitungwiza District Office also gave responses and solutions to some of the issues arising.
From the 28th to the 30th of September 2020, FAWEZI in partnership with Action Aid Zimbabwe, Leonard Cheshire Disability Zimbabwe and Aids Counselling Trust conducted project exit meetings in Hopley, Chitungwiza and Shamva respectively. These meetings were held so as to officially close the Empowered Adolescent Girls for Improved Quality of Life Project with the district officers. It also served as a platform to take note of what beneficiaries learnt and benefited from the program and also get testimonies from stakeholders on the success of the project.
FAWEZI conducted zoom dialogues on the 30th and 31st of July with adolescent girls in Chitungwiza and Shamva to schools to discuss topics around menstrual hygiene management, Violence Against Women Girls (VAWG) and Sexual Reproduction Health Reproductive (SRHR) issues in light of the current COVID 19 lockdown. The girls outlined challenges they were facing which include, teenage pregnancies even among examination candidates, child marriages, lack of water and economic hardships which is combined with rising prices of sanitary pads. Most adolescent girls yearned on how they are facing economic hardships as they are no longer able to perform their income generating activities due to the imposed COVID 19 strict regulations like vending. Subsequently FAWEZI took up the conversation to national radio platform Issues Panenyaya . The aim was to engage more stakeholders whilst also targeting decision makers in the discussion on the issues affecting the girls.
FAWEZI held codes of conduct planning meetings on the 31st of August in Shamva with 5 project schools and on the 11 of September in Chitungwiza. The aim of the meetings was to equip the core teams with knowledge on how to develop school level Codes of Conduct in line with existing national and International laws and policies. The meeting was attended by representatives from the District Office, school heads and project link teachers. FAWEZI engaged a legal resource person to give guidance to drafting an effective Code of Conduct.
On the 25th and 31st of August ,FAWEZI facilitated School Related Gender Based Violence (SRGBV) referral pathway meetings between school heads from project schools and the CSO’s working in the Shamva and Chitungwiza Districts. The meetings were to connect the schools to the service providers and also establish the existing referral pathways in relation to SRGBV. The schools managed to map the services that are at their disposal and also recommend further relations between the schools and the CSO’s.
FAWEZI took part in the Action Aid Zimbabwe inception meeting
for the “Empowered Adolescent Girls for Improved Quality of Life” project as one of the implementing partners this week. FAWEZI National Coordinator Lydia Madyirapanze gave a presentation on the FAWE Tuseme / Taura unzwike/Khuluma uzwakale Girls empowerment Model during the meeting. The goal of the project is social and economic empowerment of adolescent girls and young women in Zimbabwe. FAWEZI wishes to aid in developing a well rounded Zimbabwean adolescent, by implementing unique best practices and models addressing violence against women and girls, comprehensive sexuality education, and economic empowerment.
The Forum for African Women Educationalists – Zimbabwe Chapter (FAWEZI) joins in the observance of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV). 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25 November from the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December the Human Rights Day. The 2018 theme is ‘End Violence in the world of work’.
With this in mind one would then ask – ‘how safe are Zimbabwean women in the Workplace?’ More importantly for FAWEZI ‘how safe are girls and women in our schools?’ As an organisation that works mainly to reduce gender disparities in education, our campaign this year is inclined to School Related Gender Based Violence (SRGBV). Female administrators, teachers, non –teaching staff and learners can be victims or perpetrators of SRGBV. Read more