TB in the time of COVID-19

By: myadmin • March 24, 2020

As we commemorate World TB Day…

“We must also recognize the powerful interactions between this new pandemic and existing epidemics. If we don’t act to mitigate the threat, COVID-19 could lead to an upsurge in TB deaths. If we take an integrated approach, leveraging the infrastructure and resources we’ve already invested in and moving swiftly to strengthen the health system as a whole, we can step up the fight against both threats.”


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Get involved in the fight against the spread of COVID-19:Reaching out in all our official languages

By: myadmin • March 24, 2020

Please find materials to raise awareness on #Covid19 in vernacular languages in Zimbabwe. Kindly share with your networks

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ZIMRA suspends import duty on sanitary wear

By: myadmin • March 24, 2020

The announcement by the country’s revenue authority ZIMRA to scrap off all import duty on sanitary wear has been applauded amid the Corona virus scare which might prove catastrophic. Should the country go on lock down, it means period commodities such as pads will not be easily accessible from the shops which would subsequently push their price to sky rocket.  Period poverty in Zimbabwe is already rife and continues unabated despite several calls from a number of bodies to make sanitary wear free for all women and also regularize the price. The most vulnerable being rural women and girls whose poverty is glaring during their period when they resort to using unhygienic materials such as leaves and dirty rags which are detrimental to their health. Statistics by the Ministry of Women and Youth Affairs indicate that 67 percent of girl’s miss school due to lack of pads especially those with a heavy flow for fear of being ostracized by their peers especially boys which makes this a very uncomfortable and stressful time for these girls. Sanitary wear has become a luxury for most women owing to the prevailing economic woes where local manufacturers are redundant because of lack of foreign currency such that most of the menstrual material is imported from neighboring countries at a price above the reach of any ordinary woman. The call by ZIMRA then contributes positively towards improving menstrual well-being in the country.

Sassypads are made by ROOTS to support child brides in Shamva

Sassypads are made by ROOTS to support child brides in Shamva


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Our 16 Stops!

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It’s that time of the year (again)! – 16 Days of activism against GBV

By: myadmin • December 4, 2019

Today is day 10 of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender- Based Violence. The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that has its purpose in fighting gender violence. This campaign runs for 16 days from the 25th of November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to the 10th of December, the International Human Rights Day.

The campaign was brought to life by activists at the Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 as a huge number of organisations were calling for the ending of violence perpetrated against women.  Today various organisations and activists the world over utilise the campaign not just to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls but to also educate women and girls on their rights, so that they can protect themselves and other people if and when they face violence which can be psychological or emotional, sexual and physical.

The campaign always runs with a unique annual theme and the theme for 2019 is “Orange the world: Generation Equality stands against rape” while appealing to the world to #HearMeToo as the leading messages in all advocacy. The campaign more or less is encouraging the whole world to actively participate in efforts geared towards ending the culture of rape/sexual violence in society.

This year’s campaign against sexual violence in particular comes at a time where sexual harassment and domestic abuse are the most common faces of gender based violence worldwide. Sexual violence has been influenced and normalised by patriarchal norms, beliefs and unequal power among other drivers.

Multiple definitions of rape, different rates of reporting, recording, prosecution and rates of conviction for rape have resulted in most rape statistics being unreliable or misleading. However available data is worrying as according to UNFPA, 1 in 3 women have experienced physical or sexualized violence in their lifetime at global level while according to the Zimbabwe National Statistics at least 22 women are raped daily in Zimbabwe, translating to almost one woman being sexually abused every hour!

Violence against women is a global challenge and sadly has in most instances been normalised. However various global campaigns; such as the 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence; have managed to create the much needed awareness around issues of violence. This will in turn help in the empowering of vulnerable groups to speak out against violence and to also access the relevant support services and resources.

By Karen Whitney Maturure

Communications Officer, ROOTS Africa.


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