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Community Leaders’ Dialogue
By: myadmin • November 19, 2019
ROOTS yesterday had a religious and traditional leaders dialogue covering GBV and Child Marriages isssues. At the end of the day the leaders present made a commitment to be champions in their communities and to actively participate in the fight against SGBV and Child Marriages.
Going into new territory
By: myadmin • November 14, 2019
ROOTS last Friday had a community dialogue on TOP with the Muslim community at Stapleford for the first time!
Deliberations unmasked many topical issues and some of them being that abortions are happening and conducted in unsafe ways and that most girls and women are selling sex and pregnancy isn’t good for business.
Some of the young girls are indulging at a young age and end up getting pregnant and because of wanting to conform to community norms they abort unsafely.There is also inadequate contraception and girls and women get unintended pregnancies which end in unsafe abortions.
Evidence is there that women and girls are dying we need the government to legalise safe termination of pregnancies because we keep losing lives and PAC is not adequately provided because the economic situation is bad and the state of hospitals is pathetic.
Of SDP- Youth Interface Meetings
By: myadmin • November 14, 2019
This November is turning out to be a busy month for us. Last week we had SDP and youth interface meetings in Gandanzara ,Rusape.
The meeings revealed that service provider attitudes are a barrier for young people to access SRHR services as well as the distance that is there from their homes to the clinic because they do not have money.
The service providers really need to provide services that young people seek and maintain confidentiality since young people wouldn’t want their information shared especially with their parents.The sister in charge present during all meetings; committed to organize a meeting with service providers and CCW/VHW to discuss and address the issues that came from young people.
Men’s Sports Gala
By: myadmin • November 11, 2019
A men’s wellness sports gala was held at Jumbo stadium in Mazowe on the first day of November and all the three participating wards under culture actions took part in a soccer tournament. It went a long way in spreading our three focus areas as more than 500 people attended the event. In regards sexual reproductive health partners, there were teams from the ministry of health and the Zimbabwe National Family planning Council who were in attendance offering HIV testing, STI screening and Condom distribution for attendees. Participants also got access to family planning information.
Key observations were that the men generally accept that GBV is a reality and is usually perpetrated by themselves. It is however worrying that some actually defend it for various reasons amongst them being the need to show authority and also not to negotiate for sexual intercourse and other areas they regard as the husband’s right or authority in the marriage.
It was also clear that some women actually defend the violence perpetrated on them by their partners thereby making it difficult for the men to grasp the ills of this mishap.
In general the men and women seemed cognizant of the impending threat of climate change and the inevitable chain reaction caused by its outcomes and were mostly agreeable to taking responsibility for their environment but reiterated the need for sustainability projects in order to better their chances with alternatives in terms of livelihoods.
Most men who attended and participated at the gala appreciated the negative side of child marriages and thanked the culture actions program for bringing awareness on the issue and becoming a beacon of hope in fighting it. However they noted the difficulties in ending it due to strong drivers such as poverty and early sexual activity by teens caused by lack of recreational and educational activities such as these sporting galas.
The Community change maker awards ceremony sparked a major interest among attendees as they sought to hear the stories behind those who were receiving awards. This enticed most of them to want to also walk the road of change which the awarded beneficiaries had walked ,a story of change as it was being called on the day.
By: myadmin • November 5, 2019
Objectives of the breakfast meeting were as follows:
- To provide a platform to follow up on commitments made at the NEAPACOH meeting.
- To hold decision makers to account for their policy commitments on Human rights through a stronger civil society voice and meaningful participation in decision making.
- To track and monitor progress on commitments made at the NEAPACOH
After a hearty breakfast there was a presentation on the background of RHRN and work done in all LTOs by the national coordinator. This was then followed by a presentation on NEAPACOH and the commitments made by Zimbabwe at the conference by Katswe Sisterhood. Most importantly there was a discussion and follow up on the commitments made.