Govt women em­pow­er­ment ef­forts hailed

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A NON-GOV­ERN­MEN­TAL or­gan­i­sa­tion (NGO) Plan In­ter­na­tional that ad­vances chil­dren’s rights and equal­ity for girls has com­mended the New Dis­pen­sa­tions’s ef­forts in en­sur­ing women par­tic­i­pate fully in the coun­try’s econ­omy and gov­er­nance struc­tures.

Speak­ing dur­ing the annual girls’ con­fer­ence which drew 100 girls from 23 schools in Bu­l­awayo and Tsholot­sho hosted by Plan In­ter­na­tional, the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s pro­grams di­rec­tor for Mata­bele­land re­gion Miss Noreen Makhu­rane urged girls to take up the lead in any lead­er­ship role in line with the new gov­ern­ment’s vi­sion for equal op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“All the girls gath­ered here, you are at the heart of ev­ery­thing we do, we strive for a just world that ad­vances chil­dren’s rights and equal­ity for girls. Ladies, the new dis­pen­sa­tion calls for us to work hard for the de­vel­op­ment of our na­tion. This does not mean that as girls and women we sit back and al­low men to take the lead, it calls for you girls and women to stand up and strengthen your net­works so that your voices can be heard in the high­est of­fices,” she said.

Miss Makhu­rane said the in­volve­ment of as many women and girls in the Gov­ern­ment was a way to­wards al­le­vi­at­ing poverty in the com­mu­nity and in the coun­try.

“We be­lieve dis­crim­i­na­tion against girls is one of the main un­der­ly­ing causes of child poverty. We be­lieve that in­vest­ing in girls and young women has a ben­e­fi­cial ef­fect on al­le­vi­at­ing poverty, not only for girls them­selves but for their fam­i­lies, com­mu­ni­ties and the coun­try. We are glad that there are so many women ap­pointed in the Gov­ern­ment, it is upon you girls to follow their steps and be in­spired to lead be­cause girls lead,” she added.

Speak­ing on the side­lines of the con­fer­ence, Mrs Jane Nde­bele the district schools in­spec­tor for Khami District who was rep­re­sent­ing the Provin­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Di­rec­tor (PED) for Bu­l­awayo said girls’ con­fer­ence were very sig­nif­i­cant in nur­tur­ing them and teach­ing them that the sky is the limit to what they wished to do.

“Such con­fer­ences are of para­mount im­por­tance in cul­ti­vat­ing con­fi­dence and cre­at­ing space where girls can tap into their in­di­vid­ual and col­lec­tive power, so that they can be equipped as lead­ers through shar­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and lean­ing from ac­com­plished lead­ers. We also wish to build and grow a lo­cal girl move­ment that can am­plify and make vis­i­ble the rights is­sue in Zim­babwe,” she said.

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