Heal Zimbabwe Statement on International Women’s Day Commemorations

Heal Zimbabwe joins the rest of the world in commemorating International Women’s Day. The theme for this year is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it up for Gender Equality”.

Below are some of the peace initiatives led by women in rural Zimbabwe

Some of the peace initiatives led by women in rural Zimbabwe

In commemorating this important day, Heal Zimbabwe Trust, this year’s takes time to acknowledge and celebrate outstanding women who have defied odds in pursuit of peace in their local rural set ups. In fulfilment of the organisational mission to prevent and transform conflicts with a particular focus on social justice and human rights, HZT works extensively with women as critical peace ambassadors. Women survivors of political violence over the years have taken a leading role in spearheading the promotion of community peace, healing and reconciliation initiatives across Zimbabwe.

Defying all odds of enormous challenges facing women, from socio- economic challenges, political violence and unequal life opportunities, women working with HZT have resolutely and boldly made significant strides in the promotion of peace, tolerance and stability in their spaces of influence. These women have spearheaded community gardens of peace countrywide, platforms they discuss pertinent issues affecting them as women and encouraging each other to participate in democratic processes. These courageous women, lead half of HZT peace clubs with the responsibility to mobilise people towards building peace in rural communities. The peace clubs engage local leaders such as traditional leaders and councillors as key stakeholders in conflict prevention, mitigation, resolution and transformation.

Heal Zimbabwe is also currently in the process of establishing Women safe spaces for peace which are all inclusive spaces that affords women the opportunity to carry out income generating projects and discuss pertinent issues that affects them. These spaces are also a platform for women to preach peace. All these efforts are an acknowledgement that women play a key role in peace building and development in local communities.

International Women’s day is a day that is celebrated on 8 March every year. The day also celebrates women’s economic, political and social achievements. Heal Zimbabwe will continue working with women to fully empower them to take leading roles in building peace and development in their areas. Indeed International women’s day is a day to celebrate these outstanding women who are key peace builders in their communities.

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