The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions Manicaland hosted inmates at the Zororai Old People’s Home last Saturday in commemoration of the International Women’s Day amid pomp and fanfare in Sakubva under the theme #Gender50-50, Women Time for Action.
Goods worth more than three thousand dollars donated by the workers and leading supermarkets in Mutare, were handed out to the centre supervisor, Sister Addelaide who was represented on the day by Mr Jacob Ruguwa.
The International Women’s Day is commemorated the world over as a way to appreciate the important role played by women to mankind. The day is used to lobby and advocate for better working conditions as well as creating equal opportunities women.
Guest of Honour Xingeni Mazango, who is the National Women Advisory Council (WAC), committee member based in Mutare, who read a speech from Women;s Advisory Council chairperson, MirriamKatumba, lamented on the sky rocketing prices that have adversely affected citizens.
Said Mazango, “ I would like to thank everyone who has made this day special by gracing this accession. The day comes at a time when cash shortages have become the order of the day, against a background of a deteriorating economy. Women today are affected by the ever rising prices of basic commodities and we call upon women to embark on a “prices must fall” campaign. The tough economic environment has resulted in most women turning to vending which they have done in mostly, prohibited areas resulting in unhealthy cat and mouse games with the law enforcement agents.”
She went on to condemn discrimination and sexual abuse of women in the work places. Said Mazango, “ Women are still underrepresented in all spheres of life. We call upon the government to create more enabling environments that allow women to take positions of responsibility. However, discrimination and sexual abuse are still rampant in the work places and we should condemn such practices with the contempt they deserve.”
Z.C.T.U. Manicaland Regional Officer Tenson Muchefa called upon citizens of the country to ensure peaceful elections and support the elevation of women to political positions. Speaking on the sidelines of the event, Mr Muchefa said, “ 2018 is an elective year. We are therefore calling upon all citizens to participate in the electoral process peacefully and as well ensure that they also vote for women regardless of their political affiliations.”
Other stakeholders who were part of the gathering included the countries’ largest teachers association ZIMTA, who were represented by provincial chairperson Mr Hove, ASAP, SPAR MUTARE, MEGA MARKET, and Metro Peech.
The elderly inmates at Zororai Old Peoples’ Home took to the dance floor in appreciation of the welcome gesture by the participants. The home accommodates very senior residents who survive on the help from well-wishers. To summarize the event, Mr Ruguwa thanked the workers for the yearly gesture which has become part of their calendar of events.
“One behalf of the responsible authorities, l would like to thank you for making this day so memorable. We thank you for the food and clothes that you gave us. Above all sharing lunch with our elders will certainly make them feel loved. Like in all the past years, we hope to see you again very soon, and as always we will be anticipating you in 2019.”