“We have an abundance of rape and violence against women in this country and on this Earth, though it's almost never treated as a civil rights or human rights issue, or a crisis, or even a pattern. Violence doesn't have a race, a class, a religion, or a nationality, but it does have a gender.” ― Rebecca Solnit, Men Explain Things to Me
Organizing for Zimbabwe is running a campaign advocating for the provision of free sanitary pads for school going girls. The campaign dubbed: My Health, My Dignity Campaign is informed by different researches conducted by various stakeholders which revealed among other things that 72 percent of rural primary school girls that menstruate in Zimbabwe do not use sanitary pads, 20 percent do not attend school during their menstrual periods because they cannot afford sanitary wear while 45 percent use pieces of old clothes and rags.
Today Zimbabwe joins the rest of the world in commemorating World AIDS Day, a day that is annually set aside to raise awareness and stand in solidarity with those who fall victim of the HIV and AIDS pandemic since its detection. This year’s theme, ‘Access Equity Rights Now’, aims at providing tolerance and equal opportunities for all despite one’s HIV status. This tally well with the Sustainable development goals aim in making sure that no one is left behind in the development matrix.
The onset of menstruation is a landmark event in the life of a young woman. Yet many complications and challenges accompany such an event. One in 10 adolescent girls miss school and eventually drop out due to menstruation-related issues.
Menstruation in many societies is discussed in hushed tones. Unfortunately, the ripple effect is that young girls across the country are forced to drop out of school because they cannot deal with it.
The girls say whenever their periods come, they immediately go home, probably not appearing the entire week. But even at home, the situation is no different. They are pressurised into keeping the tiny rags they use to pad themselves out of sight from their family members. In the end, they hide them in dark places and sometimes wear them before they properly dry.
We asked a few young men and women on what are the main effects of this lack of access, listed to this podcast and hear for yourself.
Gwanda Community Economic Justice Development Trust is an organization that was established by a group of concerned members of Gwanda community, motivated by the idea that the realization of good government policy is through community participation and involvement. And no good governance and democracy can be achieved in any society and the full transformation without the community. The organisation seeks to inspire and support the communities to getting government to responding to the voices of the poor and marginalized people in their decision making and resources allocation. GCEJDT’s main thrust is to see community participation in governance, policy formation and help community to influence community growth and development.
The Women’s Rights and Gender Justice (WRGJ) Program Coordinator will work closely with the Regional Connectors and country programme staff to catalyse the growth and development of the WRGJ programme and ensure gender mainstreaming across other programmes. The position also provides leadership and effective coordination in developing and delivering on related policy influencing initiatives while participating in resource mobilisation in line with Oxfam in Zimbabwe’s Programmatic Strategic Framework 2016- 2020.
The Secure Food Systems Program Coordinator will work closely with the Regional Connectors and country programme staff to catalyse the growth and development of the SFS programme through providing leadership and effective coordination to the SFS team. The position also provides leadership in developing and delivering on related influencing initiatives while participating in resource mobilisation in line with Oxfam in Zimbabwe’s Programme Strategic Framework 2016 to 2020.
The Policy and Influencing Manager ensures that the country programme develops and delivers a coherent policy and influencing strategy to tackle the injustice of poverty through leading programme planning and implementation using the one programme approach in line with the Oxfam Zimbabwe’s Programmatic Strategic Framework 2016- 2020.
The Zimbabwe Country Programme is looking for qualified staff to fill the following post: Grants and Program Administration Officer
About the position:
The Grants and Program Administration Officer in collaboration with the Country Programme Team, OI Regional Platform and affiliates, will facilitate compliance with external donor requirements and internal Oxfam policies and procedures on restricted, unrestricted funding and partner management, in order to maintain required levels of funding and partner relationships within the country programme. Support Programme Development and Funding Manager in developing and implementing Strategic Country Funding Plan.