First Lady pledges to scale up phil­an­thropic works

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FIRST Lady Aux­il­lia Mnan­gagwa will scale up her phil­an­thropic work which, among many facets, in­cludes em­pow­er­ing women and girls.

She said this at Zim­babwe House yes­ter­day while of­fi­cially ac­cept­ing to be pa­tron of the Zim­bab­wean chap­ter of the Girl Guides As­so­ci­a­tion.

Her cur­rent work, she said, dove­tails with the na­tional vi­sion of cre­at­ing an up­per mid­dle-income econ­omy by 2030.

“For 2019, I am fo­cus­ing on scal­ing up my ef­forts and in­clud­ing women and girlchild em­pow­er­ment. My vi­sion fits well with the sus­tain­able devel­op­ment goals and His Ex­cel­lency, Cde Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa, for Zim­babwe to be­come a mid­dle-income econ­omy by 2030.”

The Girl Guides As­so­ci­a­tion, which is ded­i­cated to em­power girls and women, is present in 151 coun­tries. The lo­cal chap­ter was formed in 1912 to pro­mote skills devel­op­ment, lead­er­ship and high moral stan­dards.

Speak­ing af­ter meet­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion’s lo­cal lead­ers, the First Lady said she had ac­cepted be­ing pa­tron of the or­gan­i­sa­tion be­cause it en­gen­ders high moral stan­dards in young girls.

“Of­fi­cially, I am ac­cept­ing to be your pa­tron be­cause there are many pos­i­tive things about your as­so­ci­a­tion. I know the his­tory of your or­gan­i­sa­tion and the good rep­u­ta­tion that it has built and the good morals that it seeks to pro­mote. Girl Guides have been around for a long time, and I have al­ways liked what they stood for. The time has come to re­vive and ex­pand the work of the as­so­ci­a­tion and I want to be part of it. Young girls who grow up as Girl Guides are taught to have high morals, they are taught to re­spect their el­ders and to be dig­ni­fied women,” she said.

An­gel of Hope Foun­da­tion — the char­ity that she leads — also shares the Girl Guides As­so­ci­a­tion’s vi­sion to up­lift the girl child, she added.

“The girl-child is al­ways on my mind and that is why I have ac­cepted to be your pa­tron. My vi­sion, in a nut­shell, is the sus­tain­able trans­for­ma­tion of lives in an inclusive man­ner, leav­ing no one be­hind.”

Her Foun­da­tion, the First Lady said, will con­tinue to give hope to the marginalised.

“The over­all pur­pose of my of­fice and of my foun­da­tion, the An­gel of Hope, is to ad­vo­cate for an en­abling le­gal pol­icy and re­source environment that em­pow­ers the dis­ad­van­taged, the vul­ner­a­ble and the marginalised peo­ple in our coun­try. In my line of work, I have re­alised that the up­lift­ment of liveli­hoods and the im­prove­ment of the qual­ity of life of the vul­ner­a­ble is a re­spon­si­bil­ity. There­fore, I work with Govern­ment min­istries and de­part­ments, the pri­vate sec­tor, United Na­tions or­gan­i­sa­tions, well-wish­ers and some civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions.”

Speak­ing at the same oc­ca­sion, Girl Guides As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Mrs Nyem­bezi Mbaya said in ad­di­tion to of­fer­ing var­i­ous em­pow­er­ing pro­grammes, the as­so­ci­a­tion also seeks to pro­tect girls from so­ci­etal haz­ards.

“Our main aim is to of­fer pro­grammes for young girls and women, which pro­vides them with op­por­tu­ni­ties to ac­quire skills for their devel­op­ment and ad­vance­ment for them to be re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens able to play a mean­ing­ful role in the so­ci­ety and beyond.”

Mrs Mbaya said her as­so­ci­a­tion has more than 28 000 mem­bers coun­try­wide.

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