MDC-T empowers women

MDC-T has rolled out a capacity building programme targeting women in a move aimed at drawing them out of poverty and its consequent vulnerability to avoid manipulation ahead of the next polls.

MDC-T Women Assembly Chairperson and Co-Home Affairs Minister, Theresa Makone.
MDC-T Women Assembly Chairperson and Co-Home Affairs Minister, Theresa Makone.

The programme has so far seen over 10,000 women being subjected to two-day business management training sessions across the country.

MDC-T Women Assembly Chairperson and Co-Home Affairs Minister, Theresa Makone, told thousands of women attending graduation ceremony at Torwood stadium recently that in the past politicians have abused them for political gain because of their poverty.

“You must not be tools of politicians. Do not be used for their selfish gains because of your poverty,” she said.

The programme aims at helping women start-up their own self-help projects and become economically stable.

“Rise to the occasion and be your own boss. If you have your own money and a politician tries to persuade you to avail your child for political violence, that will not happen. That is the reason why we want the women to be capacitated,” she said.

Reports by various civic society groups have shown that women and youths are the most vulnerable groups abused by politicians ahead of elections – promised financial assistance if they agree to participate in politically-motivated violence.

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