Zimbabwe Women’s Network

BY A SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT LONDON - The Zimbabwe Women's Network-UK (ZIWNUK) is a non-political, non- profit organisation set up in 2003 to create a platform and a forum where Zimbabwean women asylum seekers, refugees and migrant workers could benefit from various social, legal and economic issue

s as they settled in the UK.

Our vision is to enhance the quality of life for Zimbabwean women and their families, especially with regard to protecting the welfare and development of our children. We work to foster unity among Zimbabweans, to promote our culture and traditions and to contribute to our common welfare – ‘Ubambano Lwabo Mama’ – ‘Kubatana kwa Madzimai’.

As a self-help organisation, inspired by the ideals of community development and the women’s movement, we espouse personal and collective responsibility, interdepence as well as direct local action by the women for the women. Our ethos is that of empowering and enabling, rather than being protective or prescriptive.

As part of our capacity-building programme, we are working with strategic partners to deliver training opportunities. Our courses are free of charge to Zimbabweans interested in contributing to their own development and that of their community.

The capacity building programme, four full days, 21 Feb, 28th Feb, 7 & 14 March, will cover the following modules:

a. Understanding the sexual health needs of young people from African and BME communities

b. Understanding religious and cultural issues in promoting sexual health among young people from BME communities

c. Working with parents as partners in promoting sexual health among young people from BME communities

d. Developing strategies for promoting and delivering sexual health services among young people from BME communities.

Other courses include: Choosing a Database, 31 January, Women only 10-4.30;
Funding and fundraising, 2 February, Women only 10-4:30; Consultation for women by women services – 16 February, Women only 1-3:30pm; Planning 6 February – Women only 10-4.30pm; Meet the funder for small groups 8 March, Women only 10-4.30pm; Managing your organisation 20 March, Women only 10am – 4:30pm;
Writing Better Fundraising applications – Thursday 9 February 10am-4.30pm; Managing your community building – Tuesday 21 February 10:4.30pm; Social Enterprise – 25 January 10am – 1pm and many more.

In keeping with the UK government’s strategy on teenage pregnancy, we are offering a two-day workshop ‘Speak Easy’ – Learning to talk to our children about sexual health. The dates for this workshop will be 20 and 21 March but there will be an information giving session on January 26 from 9.30am – 2.00pm in Ealing. All the above workshops will take place in venues in Ealing, Hounslow and Hammersmith. Travel expenses will be reimbursed and lunch will be provided.

We are also looking for volunteers to work in various roles within the organisation such as coordinating and writing our newsletter, designing publicity and promotional material, designing and maintaining our database, maintaining our website and community advocates to take part in our outreach project where you will be visiting those who are ill in hospital, visiting those in detention centres and providing peer and emotional support to those affected by HIV/AIDS. – If you are interested in any of these workshops, please contact Maureen Ndawana on 020 8847 2244 or 07960857286 or Yvonne Marimo on 07886 241 757. Or fax your details to 020 8847 0011. All bookings are to be made via the network ZIWNUK.

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