Focus country: Zimbabwe

Veronica was supported by our partner in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s 2013 constitution recognises gender equality as one of the nation’s founding principles. However, there is a lot of work to do to bring the current laws supporting women’s rights in line with the new Constitution.

Harmful practices in Zimbabwe, such as forced virginity testing and marriage by abduction, reinforce women’s inferior position in society.

  • Almost half of women have experienced physical or sexual violence. One in three experience sexual violence before they’re 18 (UN Women – Zimbabwe).
  • Zimbabwe has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, with up to 50 per cent of young girls being under the age of consent in rural areas (UN Women – Zimbabwe).
  • Women hold around 39 per cent of seats in parliament (Inter-Parliamentary Union 2014).
  • 6.6 per cent of females aged 15 to 24 have HIV (World Bank Data).

 

Strengthening the women's movement

Zimbabwe is a Womankind focus country, where we work in-depth to support and strengthen the women's movement to transform the lives of women. This includes growing networks, policy and communications, capacity, resilience and resource mobilisation and forging stronger links between Zimbabwean women's rights organisations and international women’s movements.

We are working in solidarity with the women’s movement to counter the shrinking space for civil society organisations, especially in the run up to the 2018 general elections. For example, we are working with the Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe and her members to support women’s organisations to shape a platform and a women’s manifesto for collective advocacy and action, including pressure building on reaching the 50% target for women in political office for the 2018 elections. 

 
We are also responding to the pressing need for research and documentation within the women’s movement. Our work with partners, including the Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association (ZWLA) will include feminist research on women's access to justice. We will also continue working with Musasa on the provision of shelters to women survivors of violence and engagement with international and regional networks to contribute to evidence and policy development about what works.
 
Womankind is also working with partners to support change in social norms and behaviour. We will work with Pakasipiti to increase the voice and visibility of lesbian, bisexual and transgender women. Similarly, we will work with Deaf Women Included to increase knowledge and information available to women with disabilities about their rights and access to justice with specific focus on violence against women and girls.

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Deaf Women Included

  • Africa
  • Zimbabwe
Deaf Women Included (DWI) is a grassroots organisation founded in 2014 that works with deaf women from across all provinces in Zimbabwe.
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Female Prisoners Support Trust (Femprist)

Female Prisoners Support Trust (Femprist) is a women’s rights organisation working with female prisoners in Zimbabwe set up in 2012 to counsel, rehabilitate and reintegrate female ex-convicts into society.
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Musasa Project

  • Zimbabwe
  • Africa
Musasa provides services such as counselling, medical care, temporary shelters and legal support to women survivors of violence, as well as teaching them the skills they need to live independent, ...
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Pakasipiti

  • Africa
  • Zimbabwe
Pakasipiti began in 2011 when activists came together as change advocates seeking to challenge patriarchy, embrace diversity and use dialogue for transformation for lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons.
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Women's Action Group (WAG)

Women’s Action Group (WAG) is a non-governmental organisation founded in 1983 whose work centres on empowering women and girls to enjoy their rights in violence free and rights conscious communities. ...
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Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCoZ)

  • Africa
  • Zimbabwe
Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCoZ) is a network of women rights activists and women’s organisations providing a central forum where women meet to engage in collective activism on issues affecting ...
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Women in Politics Support Unit (WiPSU)

  • Zimbabwe
  • Africa
WiPSU works to increase the number of women participating in politics and the local government. They do this by holding workshops to help women develop their leadership skills and contribute ...
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Women and Land in Zimbabwe

Women and Land in Zimbabwe works with rural women and provides them with information on their rights and entitlement to land.
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Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association (ZWLA)

  • Zimbabwe
  • Africa
Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association (ZWLA) is an association of women lawyers established in 1992 which has been providing legal services to marginalised women and children while at the same time ...
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Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA)

  • Partners
  • Africa
  • Zimbabwe
The Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA) is a national membership organisation representing Informal Traders Associations of Zimbabwe.
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Our impact in Zimbabwe

Thanks to our partnership with women’s organisations in Zimbabwe, we have:

  • Helped 123 women to become MPs through training and coaching
  • Established eight local forums where women can share their needs with councillors
  • Supported 22,300 women to rebuild their lives and live free from violence after receiving counselling, safe house services and support to assert their legal rights
  • Provided 8,031 women with legal aid services and arranged women’s rights and legal awareness sessions for 3,439 women and 5,159 men
  • Increased awareness of women’s rights among 707 government officials and leaders of non-governmental organisations and local authorities across 13 districts.

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Help us do more

£77 can pay for WIPSU to organise a meeting with a senior political party official to talk about women’s rights.

£143 can fund campaigning training for a female parliamentary and local government election candidate.