Women all over the globe contribute to the social, economic, political, and cultural enhancement of the world, it is only right that we celebrate them every day. In what seems to be a male oriented society and world, women continue to advocate for their voices to be heard. This year’s campaign theme is #PledgeForParity. Today however is a special day where we commemorate them on a global scale as a unit. We decided to compile a small list of initiatives that are propelling women to amazing lengths in Zimbabwe (it is only right to do so). We could go to a hundred but we limited ourselves to five, feel free to add your own. Happy women’s day.
- ZIWA Awards @ZiwaAwards
The Zimbabwe International Women’s Awards is a platform that seeks to celebrate and recognize unsung heroines in the Zimbabwean community on a global scale. The awards demonstrate the increasing influence and impact of Zimbabwean women to business, economy, and the society as a whole. The nominees have been announced and voting is underway and closes on the 30th of September, the award ceremony will be held on the 29th of October in Leceister, UK. Today we celebrate each and every nominee on the list. Visit www.ziwaawards.com/voting to cast your vote and book your table at the award ceremony by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zimbabwe Women’s Lawyers Association @ZimWomenLawyers
This is a non-profit making organisation based in Zimbabwe which strives to create a just world free from injustice and inequality. Its sole mission is to develop, defend and dialogue on women and children rights. The organisation has made quite a remarkable success since its inception in 1992. They also recognize women making strides by presenting the Women Human Rights Defenders Awards. Very active both on and off social media, very reliable in responding to any inquiries that concern the law. Visit www.zwla.co.zw for more information.
- International Images Film Festival for Women @WFOZICAPA
This is by far the coolest, most independent festival in Zimbabwe, run by Zimbabwean women passionate about film. Not only does the initiative showcase films by talented Zimbabweans, it also offers film training seminars and workshops in Zimbabwe. This year the festival runs from the 26th of August to the 3rd of September in Harare under the theme WOMEN ALIVE: WOMEN OF HEART. The theme celebrates for the third year running, tough women who possess the rare gift of loving unconditionally; daring women, women who despite daily challenges emerge stronger. Check out www.icapatrust.org for more information.
4. TechWomen Zimbabwe @TechWomenZim
Techwomen Zim is an initiative to bridge the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, and Mathematics (STEEM). TWZ seeks to inspire women’s leadership in STEEM through capacity building workshops, competitions, to become a cradle of female led innovations in STEEM. Their achievements include the RobeFirstZim, F.I.R.S.T Lego League, Pamusha Technology Village, Taungana Technology Expo, and the Technovation challenge. With their help, young ladies have been breaking the gender parity stereotype, today we celebrate them. checkout www.techwomenzim.com for their projects and how to take part.
- Taungana Africa @TaunganaAfrica
Taungana is an initiative that seeks to create a supportive ecosystem that encourages sustained female student engagement in STEM. It empowers rural African high school girls with the opportunity to access and explore science, science, technology, engineering, entrepreneurship and Math (STEM). We have worked with Taungana before and we can attest for their successes and impact in communities. Special S/O to Sandra Tererai and Nomso Kana for the initiative. Visit www.taungana.org/jointhemovement to see how you can donate, partner, or simply volunteer.