The informal sector has fast become Zimbabwe’s key mechanism for copying with the growing poverty, particularly in urban areas. With industry having been closed for almost two decades now, both men and women have found an option in vending and other entrepreneurial initiatives for survival.
Education of one’s children is believed to be the most valuable investment a parent or guardian can make in Zimbabwe. The deterioration of infrastructure and poor education being offered by most government schools have resulted in many private colleges, both registered and unregistered, sprouting in urban centres as well as in high-density suburbs across the country.
If given access to information and communications technologies (ICT) at early ages young people are more likely to become early developers and adapters of the technologies, skills necessary for innovation and economic growth. Young people are the largest resource needed for development thus they have to be well equipped and ready for societal transformation and development.
Despite the role that women particularly those in farming and rural areas have played towards food security, they are less privileged as far as land ownership is concerned. The violent nature the land distribution exercise in Zimbabwe left women at a disadvantage as far as sustainable livelihoods and contribution towards the economy is concerned.
The girl child in Zimbabwe faces a mirage of challenges from the day she draws her first breath. In a society where patriarchy is still supreme the girl child faces the brunt of a predominantly male dominated society, sexism, and general social exclusion.
Young people play an important role in the political, economic and social development of any country. Their immense contribution in the agricultural sector can help increase food security, improve nutrition and end poverty as well as boost economic growth, yet around the world many young people do not see a future for themselves in agriculture or rural areas.
The gospel of women empowerment has been the common one in the 21 st century as women movements, regional and global bodies agitate at removing all the obstacles to women's active participation in all spheres of public and private life through a full and equal share in economic, social, cultural and political decision-making.
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