by Trisher Mpatsi
Between August and December 2020, ZCIEA held series of leadership training for women including those in grassroots which saw a total of 98 ZCIEA Women Leaders being empowered. The training targeted women from territorial presidents, women structures, people with disabilities structures, and youth structures across all the 42 territories (Bindura, Chitungwiza, Chiredzi/Triangle, Gutu, Hwange, Gwanda, Gokwe Center, Gokwe North, Harare, Marondera, Macheke, Mutare, Chipinge, Kadoma, Sanyati, Beitbridge, Kariba, Victoria Falls, Bindura, Chivhu, Kwekwe, Gweru, Bulawayo, Binga, Plumtree, Lupane, Karoi, Masvingo, Tsholotsho, Chinhoyi, Guruve, Mt Darwin, Rusape, Chimanimani, Mashava, Zvishavane, Zhombe, Chegutu, Caledonia, Norton, Nkayi, Mhondoro) in the country.
It ran under 5 sessions namely women leadership, linking and learning as well as teamwork and leadership grooming, Women’s health from reproductive, HIV, TB, Cancer, COVID-19 and more, Governance, women’s rights and gender budgeting, Movement building negotiation and social dialogue and lastly ICT training.
Under women leadership and teamwork grooming, they were taught the qualities of a good leader which include the ability to delegate, cooperate, focus, and have a vision. They were also educated on health issues for instance COVID-19 where they were taught the importance of wearing face masks and the use of sanitizers as a way to curb the spread of the disease. Furthermore, they were taught about the structures and processes that are designed to ensure rule of law stability, equity, and accountability under governance. Also, the allocation of public resources and how women can also take part in the decision-making of important issues. Under ICT they were enlightened on how they can increase their participation on social platforms for networking, business, information sharing, and international solidarity.
According to Plaxedes Mafa the Chegutu Territorial President who was part of the training session said that women were empowered and are now able to represent and advocate for other women in her area. Through the leadership training session, she now has the vision to have a complex for the women in the informal sector where they can market their goods and have access to their customers. She has also set up women in education group which is targeting the provision of education to vulnerable children of members and communities.
The rise of a woman is the rise of a nation, the movement-building training session made the women realize that the sky is the limit in terms of telling their own stories and challenging emerging issues in regards to access, women voices, and violence
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