Community Urged to Change Way of Thinking to Combat Child Marriages

Women’s vulnerability to economic exploitation, gender based violence, HIV/AIDS and poverty has increased due to limited access to financial, land and health. This coupled with the violent, patriarchal, cultural, and religious beliefs as well as myths around young women’s involvement in the public spheres; young women have largely been excluded in the national and community leadership structures.

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Young People: A Frontier of Hope in the Implementation of the SDGS

The imagination, ideals and energies of young people are vital for the continuing development of the societies in which they live and their participation in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is grounded upon their ability to access knowledge and information to effectively impact in the development discourse of their communities and nations.

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Lack of Conducive Learning Facilities Upsetting Rural Schools’ Performance

Opportunities for children in rural areas still remain limited in Zimbabwe. High school dropout especially among the girl child and lack of adequate and conducive learning facilities are characteristic of most rural areas in Zimbabwe. This is despite the government’s efforts to construct schools closer to the communities as a way of responding to the long distances pupils had to do with to get to the nearest school.

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Child Prostitution in Hopley Farm - The Vulnerability of Young Girls and the Struggle for Survival

Antagonistic life experiences such as divorce or death of parents or caregivers, neglect and abuse by families and extended family members as well as peer pressure can leave the girl child vulnerable to various forms of self-destructive behaviour such as promiscuity among other negative behaviours, at times to try and solve the emotional pain they hold.

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Amending a Constitution Using a Constitution: Basic Politics’ Triumph Over Law in Zim

Zimbabwe’s Parliament had to be divided to vote on constitutional amendment bill number 1 of 2017. And it was pretty much a foregone conclusion as to how it would all turn out. Zanu Pf has not only a two thirds majority (required to change sections of the constitution) in the National Assembly but a currently unassailable ‘super majority’.

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Zim Govt's 'Comfort + Control Zone' Over the Media

The Zimbabwe Ministry of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services is in a comfort zone that its leaders probably didn’t think was realistically feasible a couple of years back. This can be explained by the recent statement that the responsible cabinet minister Chris Mushowe made threatening to withhold parastatal advertisements from 'critical private media'. Or oddly that he would encourage Zanu PF supporters not to buy any private papers (I am not sure how many supporters of the ruling party actually do that voluntarily.)

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