PYCD Statement On The Occasion Of The International Women’s Day 2021
Platform for Youth and Community Development Trust (PYCD) joins the rest of the world to commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day. The theme Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world fits into the work the organisation is doing in strengthening the rights of girls and young women, by building their resilience to champion gender–sensitive community development in Chipinge district.
To achieve this, PYCD is running various campaigns that place women at the centre of community programming. One such campaign which is in motion is aimed at intercepting the misinformation on Covid-19 in most rural areas of Manicaland. This campaign has been necessitated by the high levels of distrust, emotions and anger against the government of Zimbabwe to the extent of creating conspiracy theories that is making it very difficult to implement Covid-19 interventions such as the inoculation of the Sinopharm vaccine from China.
In all this maze of confusion, it is the women who continue to be at the receiving end as the country is drawn into the battle of survivor of the fittest. The adoption of lockdowns as measure to contain Covid-19 has brought more harm than good to women. The hope of achieving gender equity has been dashed as cases of gender-based violence continue to rise globally.
PYCD is working with inspirational women who have chosen to take the challenge in advancing gender equality. The work by female traditional leaders and female councilors in Chipinge has given the work of PYCD an edge in the agenda to empower women leadership. The work of these women of valour has been combined with a team of 25 Gender Activists, 10 aunts and 5 Uncles who are working as ambassadors for PYCD within their local wards every day. has provided real platform for transforming the gender relations.
In commemorating International Women’s Day in 2021, PYCD has chosen to highlight the work of these brave women who have sacrificed themselves including taking the risk of challenging harmful cultural values that gives men advantage to abuse them at wanton without being accountable. Focus Group Discussions have been lined throughout Chipinge district. These discussions will be used to evaluate the challenges being faced by women leaders during the Covid-19 induced lock down. Zimbabwe has been on lockdown since March 2020.
PYCD leadership will also be participating in a Webinar on International Women’s Day organised by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. The topic of discussion is entitled accelerating the Realisation of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In addition, the various discussions that will be taking place will be shared online.
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