She told a recent International Women’s Day function at Gudyanga primary school that many women in the constituency were now taking on leadership roles and getting involved in income generating projects previously thought to be the domain of men – for example, cotton farming.
“I really thank God for this programme by the Women in Politics Support Unit. Before I got involved I would never have dreamt of assuming leadership in anything and I had no confidence in myself. Working with this programme changed the way I look at the world.I am no longer afraid to grab the bull by the horns and work for the betterment of my family and community. We were taught to handle different situations be it at the workplace or home. The CCF programmes is holistic as we are not only taught to be better leaders but also better wives who love and respect their husbands and work hard for the family,” explained Mutendadzamera. “We are also benefitting financially as we received sewing machines and material and in the case of our ward 20, we were also given an engine to facilitate irrigation. We now sell the clothes and the produce from our land,” she said.
The newly appointed village head (sabhuku), Sarah Chizemo of Ward 6, said the programme gave her the courage to take up the leadership position in her village.
“After we had been trained we went into the community and talked to people about the CCF. We were also encouraged to go for available posts that were usually thought to be only for men.I gathered the courage required to make myself a better person and suitable leader and today I am proudly a village head,” she said. The CCF is a programme initiated by the Women in Politics Support Unit with the aim of empowering women and encouraging them to take up positions of leadership in various spheres of their lives.
The programme identifies five women in each ward and trains them. These members of the CCF then go around and educate members of their community on the importance and benefit of women taking part in leadership and community building.
WIPSU Director, Fanny Chirisa, urged women to fight for respect for their rights.
“Zimbabwe is a member of SADC, the UN and AU and our leaders have signed conventions that have to do with the plight of women. We take this as acceptance by the whole country. This is the base from which we find the strength to champion women’s rights especially in leadership,” she said.
Chirisa also encouraged young women to venture into politics. “Political parties should give females, especially young females, a chance to contest instead of just exploiting them. The community should also put in place programmes that counsel and guide young girls. Gone are the days when the task would be left to the tetes and mbuyas,” she added.Post published in: News