UK invests in female empowerment

women_zimbabweMUTARE - In an endeavour to eradicate poverty among the female population here, the British Embassy recently donated funds for self-help projects. (Pictured: Zimbabwean women will be empowered to generate income for their families)

The projects include poetry and garment making. Addressing beneficiaries at an induction and sensitization workshop held at Sakubva Clinic, the Executive Director of Self Help Development Foundation (SHDF), Wadzanai Vere said: The workshops main thrust is to train beneficiaries, mostly single women, drawn from different wards of the city. Vere added: The workshop is seeking to sensitize single women who were identified by the local authority.

Vere said the Mutare city council came up with the idea and submitted the project proposal to the embassy. The British Embassy accepted the proposal and has shown their commitment to empowering the local female population. Speaking on the sidelines of the workshop, SHDF officer, Ntombizodwa Mvududu, said the increasing cases of poverty among women in her society were a cause for concern. This programme will go a long way to alleviate poverty amongst women, said Mvududu.

City of Mutare acting director of City Heath Services, Simon Mashababe said: Empowering women is one of our major goals as a city council. We identified vulnerable single women groups in the early 1990s, targeting mostly prostitutes. He urged women to come forward and join the projects as this will help them to raise income to sustain their families.

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