Conscious Development Empowerment Trust (CODET ) in partnership with Transparency International –Zimbabwe( TI-Z) recently held a training workshop for women from rural and peri urban locations in Mutare South namely Rowa, Zimunya, Chitakatira and Dora.
CODET focused its training on the constitutional rights of women, primarily on how women can empower themselves and advance themselves in social, economic and political spheres.
TI-Z on the other hand trained them on unpacking what corruption is and the different forms of corruption that are there as well as how to handle corruption and finding lasting solutions to corruption. Emphasis was placed on unity of women, the fight against corruption, effective participation in public policy processes and defining some facets of the law as enshrined in the constitution.
CODET director Vimbai Berete said chronic issues of gender based violence, exploitation and feminization of poverty should be exposed in communities. “This will help us as women on how best to find a course of actions that our advocacy team members can operate on the ground in the respective areas you live in.” said Berete.
Berete said CODET was formed in August 2016 with its goal set on empowering self conscious women, youth and children to fully participate in development and governance.
Speaking on the sidelines of the workshop, most of the women participant from Zimunya said they hope the Zimunya –Marange Community Share Ownership Trust (ZMCSOT) fund will consider the plight of women empowerment. 63-year old Abigail Shambare said Zimunya was in dire need of a community hall for hosting indoor events which could also be hired out and built as an income generating project. “ It will be a good income generating project for our community and at the same time be used as a community library for our children as well, ”said Shambare.
Precious Kamusumba,26, a young woman who has been residing in Zimunya for almost nine years said they continuously have water problems in Zimunya. “We have never gone for a week with running water. There is no clear water schedule. We wake up around 4am to que for water from boreholes in Zimunya and wells that other residents have drilled at their houses,”said Kamusumba, adding that at times they spend more than two weeks with no water source nearby when a borehole breaks down waiting for it to be repaired.
“I have been staying in Zimunya from 1988 and water has always been the major problem,” said 52 year old Mrs Mhuriyengwe. Mrs Mhuriyengwe who is a teacher said in 2016 the deworming programme which was done at Zimunya Primary School on 24 pupils was due to the poor quality of water they drank. “We at times go for a month or more without clean running water and resort to unsafe river water as the few functional boreholes get congested. We therefore really hope the money from the ZMCSOT will build more borehole and upgrade the sewage system which is now very old with sewer bursts always a common sight.”
She also said they need another clinic in Zimunya as the one available can no longer cater for the growing population citing that even people from high density surbubs such as Sakubva in Mutare were also coming to their