by Fungai Munetsi
Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations intensifies its Campaign against Gender-based violence and harassment through a partnership with Gwanda Municipality 16 Days of Activism Gwanda District launch on the 1st of December 2020.
Municipality Of Gwanda hosted 16 days of activism under the theme: Women in the informal work. Other stakeholders that were present are the Legal Resources Foundation, Hope for children and women’s abuse, Health clinic care, and Health clubs. ZCIEA Gwanda territory was represented by Territorial Vice President Evelina Dube, Secretary Mrs. T Dube, and Youth Chair Lincoln Magabo. The program was led by the Ministry of Women’s affairs on the Gwanda District launch.
ZCIEA Gwanda Territorial leadership exhibited various resources in the form of posters, banners, flyers and position papers, National Policy Framework for the Informal Economy, ILO Convention 190 which speaks on the elimination of violence and harassment in the world of work.
In a presentation given by ZCIEA Gwanda Vice President Evelina Dube, she highlighted that ZCIEA represents women who work in the informal economy, who boost their livelihoods by vending and handwork projects. However, she urged informal economy workers and traders, and other stakeholders to work together to demand the rights of people who are working in the informal economy so that they are not violated. “Let’s help women in the informal economy develop their projects and businesses so that they can support their families and contribute to the development of the nation. Fighting does not bring about a steady home and violence doesn’t develop a nation”, said Evelina Dube.
ZCIEA members in Gwanda also highlighted that the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown regulations re-ignited another wave of gender-based violence. ZCIEA members have called on men to confront Gender-based violence in their own communities.
The Provincial Development Officer of Matebeleland South, Latiso L. Dlamini inquired about the work done by the Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Association. ZCIEA Gwanda Vice President Evelina Dube gave an outline of what the organization does to assist those in the Informal Economy. The Provincial Development Officer of Matebeleland South responded positively towards ZCIEA’s work in advocating for the rights of workers in the informal economy, the majority of whom are women.
ZCIEA members also stated that the message on 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based violence should be shared 365 days and not only on 16 days. ZCIEA Gwanda Youth Chair outlined that there is a need to promote safe spaces for women to enjoy their rights & support women empowerment programs. ZCIEA also urge Zimbabwean Government to ratify and domesticate ILO Convention 190 that speaks on eliminating violence and harassment in the world of work.