By Desire Tshuma
On Thursday 23 March 2023 will mark a massive commemoration of International Women’s Day in Murewha which is a special day set aside exclusively by European Union , Team Europe, MWACSMED and other development partners to celebrate women’s achievements and progress made towards achieving equality for women.
The theme of this year’s (IWD) is ‘ DigitALL innovation and technology and gender equality in recognition of women and girls who champion the advancement of transformative technology and digital education.
European Union delegation and Team Europe in partnership with the Ministry of Women Affairs Community, Small and Medium Enterprise Development , development partners and Civil Society Organizations will hold an event in Murewha community in order to reach out the most marginalized women, girls, men and boys and raise gender equality and women empowerment. The event will also provide a platform for direct engagement and exchange between the stakeholders and the community as well as an opportunity for the community to market its produce and crafts.
‘ The implementing partners which are funded by EU , Team Europe and development partners will have exhibition of their work , innovative solutions for women’s rights like how virtual courts operate as well as provide services to the community such as information and gender based violence services , gender legal advice and conselling referral pathway ‘ explained Miss Delyse media coordinator from Dicomm MCcANN.
Ministry of Women Affairs will also be able to show case its work in the community, Zimbabwe women’s microfinance bank will also be available to display its products and provide and banking services to the community.
The European Union is supporting a project in Murewha which aims to improve social accountability with the focus on building capacity of local CSOs and CBOs to participate in local governance processes and demand accountability and transparency .
Murewha is one of the 12 centers of excellence for gender in local government receiving funding from Sweden.The main objective of the project is to reduce poverty and enhance livelihoods through the gender responsive and inclusive local economic development of gender responsive flagship enterprises. Creation of jobs in non traditional areas for women is the one of objectives and provision of entrepreneurship training that enhance women and youth and access to finance, markets and joint ventures .
There shall be a number of stakeholders who are expected to attend this massive commemorations . The stakeholders includes local authorities, DCC , traditional leadership, Ministry of Sports, Arts and Recreation, Ministry of Health and Child Care , Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, President’s Office, PISI and The Department of Social Development .