Young Women participating at the International Day of The Girl Child 2017 The International Day of the Girl Child 2017 commemorations signaled the birth of a renewed effort of empowering adolescent girls and young women with self-pride. The celebrations were premised on offering mentorship, adequate sexual reproductive health rights information, career guidance and moral support. The ability to show girls and young women that their contributions to society are not only important but rather are
“It is better we get our daughters married off quickly. We cannot even look after ourselves properly, how will we take care of them?”A Teenage Wasteland This is the scenario for many families in Zimbabwe who are living below the poverty datum line and existing on a $1 or less per day.  Girls living in homes where there is high household poverty find themselves out of school and forced int child marriage by their circumstances.

SADC: Reverse Downward Slide on Rights

Posted on August 30, 2016

(Johannesburg) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) should take concrete steps to improve respect for human rights among its 15 member countries. SADC heads of state will meet on August 30-31, 2016, in Mbabane, Swaziland, for SADC’s 36th Summit. “Political repression and disregard for basic rights characterized several SADC countries over the past year,” said Dewa Mavhinga, senior Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch. “SADC governments need to ensure that they meet their human
The Real Open Opportunities for Transformation Support commends the efforts made by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development in unearthing some of the lead causes of child marriage in Mashonaland Central. As an organisation working in the province, we condemn abuse of office by people in positions of authority and call for an end to impunity. We also call for stiffer sentences for those found on the wrong side of

Housing and child marriage

Posted on May 30, 2016

The sad tale of families living in dilapidated buildings, squatter camps and overcrowded rooms without proper sanitation and lack of adequate access to basic services like water and electricity has characterized most urban and peri urban settlements in Zimbabwe and Africa as a whole. The perennial housing crisis has not only spared the people of Epworth, Dzivarasekwa, and Mbare only to mention just but a few to the above problems rather it has unearthed a


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