Missing the point in female empowerment

The UNCSW facilitates the coming together of technical partners and civil society to share experiences from their country on what is going on at the grassroots, and find ways to improve situations.

Rural women’s story should be told and told well.
Rural women’s story should be told and told well.

Moreover, it is a space where women from all over the world and their governments can learn from each other. This year the theme was, “The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty eradication and hunger, development and current challenges.”

During the Zimbabwe-led session, it was sad to note that we had not really grasped the set standard of doing things.

The showcase of what we did for International Rural Women’s Day and the work of one project dealing with global climate only highlighted how the interventions are not framed within a particular context and framework.

Moreover, it missed the point in terms of meeting the expectations of the UNCSW. Embarassingly, the session seemed to be reduced to political party divides and the issues around the constituency development fund, which I am not sure was well understood by the participants.

Going forward it is critical for civil society and the government to put their differences aside and interface when it comes to presenting country interventions. It is important to learn from each other’s experiences and document best practices that can assist other sisters to understand Zimbabwean women’s experiences.

Women from rural Zimbabwe have a lot to share around issues of hunger and poverty eradication, not to mention development. It is therefore worthwhile to come together as the broader development practitioners to ensure that their story is told and told well.

This session left me disappointed and angry about the way in which we channel our energy. Zimbabwe is way bigger than politics and our political affiliations and this should be reflected in all the work we do on behalf of Zimbabwean women. Enough with this bickering, it is time to hold hands and take Zimbabwe forward.

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