Economic and social empowerment of marginalized young girls and women

A Peacemaking Project by Tatenda M.

What is the injustice we are solving?

In Zimbabwe especially in Masvingo province there is a high rate of gender based violence especially on young girls and women. There is no equal educational opportunities, girls and women are regarded as second class citizens, there is no justice of rape perpetrators. In some religious groups girls are married at the age of 14 to a 50 year old man. Some are being exchanged with food hampers, hence i and the organisation we are working with, 'Girl Child Empowerment of Zimbabwe', we are against such acts as it derprives young girls their right of choice and to fulfill their full potential.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of Forced marriages is the injustice that we want to solve which is leading to early marriages. The impact of forced marriages yields nagative results on the educational and economic aspects on women.This injustice is as a result of lack of cultural dynamics amongst community members and the society at large.
we will address Since most of the gender inequalities and constraints to education emanate from the deeply entrenched cultural values, attitudes and practices of the parents and the community opinion leaders and the community members in general, it requires the communitys effort to change them. Many communities see such practices as the enshrinement of their identity and survival and they take it as their sacred duty to protect and perpetuate such practices. As such, we are going to engage and educate the community of the need to change such practices, promote gender equality and economic empowerment for young girls and women. We are going to address this by engaging parents and community leaders, including the chiefs, worked together towards increasing enrolment of girls and eliminating early marriage. This included the following action, 1. Sensitizing parents, especially fathers, on the importance of girls education and the disadvantages of early marriage. 2. Bringing the chiefs and sub chiefs together to analyze the status of girls education in their areas and the negative impact on the development of their areas. 3.Each chief formulating their own areas work plan on how they wished to address the gender constraints to girls education. We do believe that an educated woman is an empowered women.
by Doing community sensitazation on the negative impact of forced marriages in relation to educuation and economic growth. This going to be achieved through an Involvement, engagement and transforming the community into a gender responsive environment physically, academically and socially.

Our Project Plan:

Goals

  • Our goal is to create equal educational opportunities and economically empower young girls and women
  • To send every girl child in school and promote gender equity in line with SDG3 and 5
  • To erradicate poverty and have equal access to resources for young girls and women in the community.

We will increase my / our compassion by...

We are going to make sure that every girl child have access to education and community resources as the boy child. We are going to engage even community leaders on our compassion so that it will have impact as they are the most listened. About 6 schools are going to benefit from this project. We are going to target 50 young girls

How will you show courage?

We are going to show courage by engaging all like minded organisations including engagement of public officials who are the parliamentarians, they help us in making in fully implementing our cause of concern and the minister of women and youth affairs on our activities. We are also going to show courage through reaching out to marginalized communities, to which others do not want due to its accessibility although there are many cases of women suppression.

How will you collaborate with others?

We are going to collaborate with like-minded organisations inclusive of the ministry of women and youth affairs. The ministry of women affairs is going to assist in making sure that all young girls and women empowerment pieces of legislation are taken into account. It is going to play a watch dog role in our project implementation. The ministry is also going to help us with reading material in different languages for our community to have access to information. We are going to engage public officials, that is elected members of parliament who will help us carry out issues to the parliament so that it will be a national issue

How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)

We are going to use our already existing community score cards, they are going to help us doing monitoring and evaluation. A community score card is a tool that we are going to use through engagement of the community around issues of our project title. We are going to do a pre and post evaluation, that is before we implement our project we are going to ask and record on the current situation in relation to our goals, that is equal educational attainment. During the implemention we are going to engage the communities again recording on the current affairs in relation to our goals. The decision will help us see if we are on the right direction. If not it will also help us see on what is to be done. For example in our scenario it will be marked from 0-10, that is in community A, number of girls going to school before project implementation, maybe 3 out of 10, during maybe 5 out of 10 and after maybe 8 out of 10, in such a scenario this card will be showing the impact of our project and decision making in the event that there is little to no impact. This is a self evaluation tool and can be used for social accountability as well. Our scored card will be named 'education score card' it helps in decision making and helps us in giving direction during project implementation.

Key Steps

  • We are going to use an education score card
  • Engage the school to find out the level of young girls enrolled in comparison to that of their male counterparts
  • Engage the communities in finding out information on if they are sending every child in school
  • The last step is to gather data and make a well informed decision in making sure that young girls and women are being sent ti school and have access to resources

Comments:

Joramu M.
2 June 2018 1:53

I'll use my social media accounts to let the world aware of the miserable gender bias and discrimination that is going on in Zimbabwe.
#ShareYourIntel
#BattleForHumanity  

Amani A.
2 March 2018 20:06

Welcome to Peace First community, Tatenda! Thanks for sharing your project with us!

As part of the process of completing peacemaking projects, Peace First staff give formal feedback on important steps of the project. One of those steps is the compassionate insight.

I have noticed that at the beginning you raised two injustices; the Gender-Based Violence (Rape issue) and the Gender Equality (unequal access to education for women and girls). Then, you focused in your compassionate insight on the gender-based violence with a main focus on the Child Marriage issue! Therefore, I would encourage you to spend some time to work towards deepening your understanding of this issue, by: (1) talking to other people in your community to get their perspective and (2) using the Problem-Solution Tree to discover the root causes and consequences of your chosen injustice, and it will guide you to more solutions. Here are some resources on how to do that: https://www.peacefirst.org/understand-through-compassion
https://www.peacefirst.org/resource/understand-2-problem-and-solution-trees

Please make sure to re-write your compassionate insight and make it as clear as you can so other Peace First members would understand it better.

Thanks again for sharing your project with Peace First members, and we are looking forward to your next steps of the project!

Please let us know how can we help.  

Tatenda M.
2 March 2018 6:07

This opportunity will help me, my organisation and community in repositioning young girls and women  

Amani A.
26 September 2018 12:46

Tatenda - How are you doing? Any update on the progress of your project? We would love to support your work.

Please make sure to take into consideration the provided feedback.

Please let me know if you need any help.  

Ham Za F.
2 December 2018 12:38

My projet
The Ilane association cares for children lacking support through the various activities it provides to preserve their reintegration into society.
What are our goals ?
The association Ilane seeks to achieve the following purposes:
- The contribution for the psychological and social supervision of the children concerned.
- The establishment of a club for poor children by giving them the maximum possible cultural, theatrical, artistic and sports activities.
- The contribution to activate the legal framework relating to the protection of the child against any violation.
- The organization of awareness activities that target the social environment of the child.
- The development of relations and collaborations with associations, organizations and specialized structures inside and outside.
- The provision of an environment conducive to children that guarantees them health, social, educational and psychological services to start their integration into society through the creation of a private center with modern specifications.  

Amani A.
3 December 2018 10:49

Tatenda, thanks for submitting your mini-grant request. Please make sure to read the International Verification Process here (the last question in the list): https://www.peacefirst.org/faq

Also, make sure to fill the following form: http://bit.ly/2EO4tzb

I look forward to receiving the required documents.

Please let me know if you need any help.