Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe

Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe WCoZ is a forum where women meet to engage in collective activism on issues affecting women and girls.
The Women's coalition of Zimbabwe (WCoZ) is a network of over 200 women's rights activists, 10 chapters and over 70 women's organizations throughout Zimbabwe. It is a forum where women meet to engage in collective activism on issues affecting women and girls. The WCoZ is currently focussing on bringing women into the constitution-making process, ending gender-based violence & peace-building.
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The Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCoZ) is a network of women rights activists and women’s organizations with national structures. The WCoZ is a forum where women meet to engage in collective activism on issues affecting women and girls in Zimbabwe. Its central role is to provide a focal point for activism on women and girl’s rights. WCoZ brings females from diverse backgrounds to collectively advocate for the attainment and enjoyment of their rights. The organisational members of the Coalition work in diverse fields including health, legal aid, access to education, gender based violence, torture, skills training, poverty reduction, research, property rights and governance issues. The Coalition has chapters in Bulawayo, Masvingo, Beitbridge, Kariba, Gweru, Gwanda, Bindura, Marondera and Mutare.

Mission: Vision: A Zimbabwean society where women and girls freely enjoy their rights. Mission: To coordinate women & girls for collective action through lobbying, advocacy, capacity building, information dissemination & resource mobilization.

Join us on zoom as we discuss the developments in the education sector in light of covid19 @sallyncube Hivos Southern Af...
05/06/2020

Join us on zoom as we discuss the developments in the education sector in light of covid19 @sallyncube Hivos Southern Africa @HivosWiL @AWDF

#COVID19Schools re-opening.Do you wish to air your views? Join us now as we engage with Hon Priscilla Misihairambwi, the...
05/06/2020

#COVID19

Schools re-opening.
Do you wish to air your views? Join us now as we engage with Hon Priscilla Misihairambwi, the Chair-person of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Primary and Secondary Education.
#COVID19

05/06/2020
Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe

#ConstitutionAmendmentBill2

One of the major highlights from the WCoZ engagement meeting with the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, was the issue of Public Hearings.

WCoZ submitted that the Constitution represents the voice of the people. WCoZ also submitted that the Constitutional process which resulted in the enactment of the 2013 Constitution of Zimbabwe was a deeply engaging, inclusive and informed process, which was influenced by the people. Therefore, amending the same Constitution would require the same level of engagement and inclusivity. It cannot be rushed, especially under the present circumstances of COVID-19, the lockdown and movement restrictions.

#Amendment2
@Women's Academic Leadership Excellence walpe Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association Kubatana Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Parliament of Zimbabwe @SAPST Women in Politics: Support Unit - Wipsu Zimbabwe Gender Commission Women and Law in Southern Africa - Zimbabwe

#ConstitutionAmendmentBill2

HAPPENING NOW

WCoZ is engaging in a virtual meeting with the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice,Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.
The WCoZ Legal Cluster Lead @Abigail Matsvayi from Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association, is raising concern over the proposed process for conducting Public hearings, given the situation on COVID-19.
She submits on behalf of the Coalition that the process must be inclusive, widely consultative and engaging.

#Amendment2
Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum Women and Law in Southern Africa - Zimbabwe Imba Mukadzi Umuzi Ngumama Trust - IMUNTZimbabwe Gender Commission Parliament of Zimbabwe

05/06/2020

#ConstitutionAmendmentBill2

HAPPENING NOW

WCoZ is currently engaging in a virtual meeting with the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

On behalf of WCoZ, @Mirriam Majome from Veritas Women, is buttressing the position "Do not touch the Constitution." She submits to the Committee that most of the amendments proposed under #Amendment2, can be achieved without necessarily tampering with the Constitution. She argues that subsidiary legislation can be amended into bring into effect the same desired results.

Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum Zimbabwe Gender Commission @Veritas women Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association Zimbabwe Women's Bureau Women and Law in Southern Africa - Zimbabwe Parliament of Zimbabwe Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs @IYCD Emthonjeni Women's Forum

05/06/2020

#ConstitutionAmendmentBill2

HAPPENING NOW

WCoZ is engaging in a virtual meeting with the PPC on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

Sakhile Siphelani, from Women in Politics: Support Unit - Wipsu, is leading on presenting the women's position on the extension of the Quota system. She emphasizes on the need for a conplete overhaul of the Electoral system. She argues that the current quota system, as proposed by #Amendment2 does not fulfill section 17 and 56 of the Constitution.

Zimbabwe Gender Commission Parliament of Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association @WALPE Women and Law in Southern Africa - Zimbabwe Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs

05/06/2020

#ConstitutionAmendmentBill2

HAPPENING NOW

WCoZ is engaging in a virtual meeting with the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice,Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.
The WCoZ Legal Cluster Lead @Abigail Matsvayi from Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association, is raising concern over the proposed process for conducting Public hearings, given the situation on COVID-19.
She submits on behalf of the Coalition that the process must be inclusive, widely consultative and engaging.

#Amendment2
Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum Women and Law in Southern Africa - Zimbabwe Imba Mukadzi Umuzi Ngumama Trust - IMUNTZimbabwe Gender Commission Parliament of Zimbabwe

In case you missed it
03/06/2020

In case you missed it

Zimbabwe Lockdown: Day 65 – WCoZ Covid-19 Situation Report
- via Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe

65 days into the lockdown, and the number of COVID-19 positive cases continue to soar. On 2 June 2020, 3 new cases were recorded, bringing the total number to 206. It has been reported that of these 2 cases, are from returnees, while 1 case is a local transmission case.

We reiterate that the inconsistencies arising from the daily tally of reported cases challenge the accuracy and confidence of the public in the Government daily update reports. The trust of the public is further eroded, by the failure of the Government to meet the deadline, to announce publicly, the Review of the Level 2 extension, by Sunday the 31st of May 2020. The arising speculation is unnecessary, creates undue uncertainty amongst citizens and can only be addressed, by Government, being proactive, transparent and accountable at the highest standards of good governance practice during a global pandemic.

We continue to witness the volatile political atmosphere obtaining in the country, particularly in Harare. Today most reports were recorded of citizens who were barred from entering the Central Business District by the Security agents. This was experienced in most parts of Harare, despite most of the travellers being in possession of travel permits. Questions have been asked as to whether anything has changed under Level 2. Particularly, has the definition for “Essential services” changed? Such policy inconsistencies and incoherence present challenges for the citizenry.

Yesterday, distressing news were received indicating that Prisons in Plumtree and Beitbridge, had recorded cases of COVID-19 amongst inmates and prison officers. This exposes the authorities, over its lack of preparedness regards to prisons ad refugee camps. We warned on numerous occasions, against this and demanded publicization of the Prisons Report on its state of preparedness and readiness to address COVID-19 in places of detention. Over 2 months ago, since the first case of COVID-19 was recorded in Zimbabwe, Government is yet to produce that report, and COVID-19 has arrived in our prisons were hundreds, if not thousands of inmates are being currently being detained.

We are especially concerned by the stigmatisation of person entering mandatory isolation and quarantine centres. Concerned particularly by the position of Government that persons entering mandatory quarantine centres are tested prior entry and are found positive for COVID 19 and are accordingly separated. In light of numerous reports, from persons exiting the quarantine centres, is it clear that the conditions in quarantine centres and the process of managing persons into quarantine facilities, challenge the consistency and announced standards and protocols of these centres. The management of mandatory quarantine centres and their applicable protocols require urgent oversight to be exercised by the Parliament of Zimbabwe and the constitutional Chapter 12 institutions, to ensure that the highest adherence to WHO protocols is de facto present and that the rights of returnees are not undermined.

Critical Emerging Issues

1. Schools re-opening for the exam classes only

Government today has made the announcement that exam classes are now re-opening, and that measures will be put in place for social distancing, limiting class sizes, ensuring use of face masks and hand-sanitizers.

While we appreciate these measures, we also point out that they are not sufficient to curb the spread of COVID-19 amongst pupils and teachers.

We note that the public have been using different types of facemasks, most of which are not recommended for use for COVID-19 prevention.

- Government must provide all learners and their teachers with appropriate face-masks and other PPE at Government cost.

The position regarding access to testing, at Government costs, for all teachers and learners to be tested prior to commencement of lessons and exams is still outstanding.

Measures for Boarding schools regarding what mechanisms to protect against the spread of COVID-19 in schooling communities including means to ensure social distancing of learners in their day to day lives are still outstanding.

- Government guidelines on these practical measures must be published in advance and prior to the resumption of exam classes.

Preventative measures put in place to ensure that the staff and other day-scholars, from the outside the schooling environment, do not expose closed schooling communities to the virus are not clear.

- Government must address the applicable, prevention, early detection measures and early warning systems to address these scenarios urgently.

2. ZUPCO sole transport provider

We further note that Government has announced that ZUPCO shall continue to be the sole transport provider for the public. Government further announced that in trying to meet the high demand by travellers, a ZUPCO bus may now carry more passengers than previously allowed.

Expanding the number of persons in ZUPCO buses permissible in one trip, simply implies overcrowding and non-observance of both physical and social distancing by a State functionary, which indicates the state is breaching its own regulations on enforcement of COVID-19 measures.

We note that such a pronouncement defies logic, especially when the nation is currently experiencing an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases;

- We urge Government to address the public transport crisis comprehensively with the lives of citizens being the priority.

Outstanding Issue

1. Delay in implementing social protection measures

We note that Government today reiterated that it will implement its social protection program, which will see each vulnerable household earning ZWL$200 (which was due to be increased to ZWL$300).

It is gravely disappointing to note the lack urgency by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, as they have been singing the same song for over 3 weeks now, while on the other hand the cost of living continues to soar high due to inflation.

Whilst we note the resumption of the subsidised mealie meal program, we note with concern its disruption of over three week and remain concerned no measures to stop unethical business practices regarding the mealie meal distribution have been indicated.

The present status of disbursement to less than 200 000 beneficiaries is in contrast to the commitment which ought to have catered for over 1mmillion beneficiaries.

This has raised a general sense of discontent and disgruntlement by the communities over the delays in the implementation of social protection measures by Government;

- We therefore call upon the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare to expedite the implementation of social protection programs to alleviate economic shocks upon vulnerable households.

- We further call the State to order, particularly on its duty to ensure that citizens enjoy the progressive realisation of their right to food and water.

- We urge the development of operational modalities to ensure subsidized mealie meal enters the retail sector and reaches intended communities in a transparent and accountable manner.

This SITREP is developed by and through the collective network of organisational and individual members of the Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe who are engaged at community levels to national levels in the COVID19 Zimbabwe response.

Source: Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCoZ)

Kubatana
03/06/2020

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Zimbabwe Lockdown: Day 64 – WCoZ Covid-19 Situation Report
- via Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe

64 days into the lockdown, and the number of COVID-19 positive cases continue to soar. The Ministry of Health and Child Care reports that as at 31 May, the total number of confirmed cases stood at 178, after 4 new cases were recorded from returnees.

We reiterate our concerns of the conditions within the mandatory quarantine centres which indicate the real and present danger of the conditions within quarantine centres being drivers of infection among the retuning resident population.

Further aggravated by the ongoing stigmatisation of returnees as persons who are “bringing” COVID-19 to communities. We raise in this context, the multiple reports of persons testing positive, covered by the printed press, in both state papers and privately owned papers, who are not catered for within the numbers of persons listed in the Government statistics thus far, which indicate cases of domestic transmission. We thereby call for the Government to address this reporting anomaly with urgency.

We reiterate the grave concerns regarding the poor conditions in the mandatory quarantine and isolation centres, which we consider to be critical underlying factors which need to be addressed to reduce the risk of abscondment within the retuning resident population. We accordingly call upon Government to resist adopting and strengthening an overly securitised response to addressing the returning resident population.

Further we urge the Government to desist from creating an impression that all returning residents have the financial standing to afford and demand luxury services and high costs testing and other services. Not all Zimbabweans who have been outside of the country, are in the diaspora, as wealthy high net worth individuals.

Critical Emerging Issues

1. Failure to Review lockdown

Gravely concerned with Government’s failure to announce publicly the National Review Level 2 extension as per the announcement 2 weeks ago which provided the first review of the indefinite lockdown was due on Sunday the 31st of May 2020.

Noting that such neglect leads to loss of confidence and trust in Government by the citizenry;

Additionally, concerned that failure to address the nation on the status of COVID-19 raises a great level of unnecessary speculation and undue uncertainty amongst citizens, especially those whose lives rely heavily on the informal sector, who are still taking the hardest hit of the restrictions in operations.

- We reiterate that Government should not merely abandon the nation under the guise of an indefinite’ lockdown, we therefore demand adheres to the publicly stated Government periodic reviews and public guidance on the state of the nation viz a viz COVID-19.

- We continue to recommend that any reviewing actions to be taken by Government, should be informed by consultations on citizens, and interested stakeholders.

2. Delay in implementing social protection measures

We continue to note a general sense of discontent and disgruntlement by the communities over the delays in the implementation of social protection measures by Government.

We reiterate once more that the indefinite restrictions on the operations of the informal sector, have crippled financial means for the majority of the citizens.

Noting that the cost of living continues to escalate out of reach of many;

- We call upon the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare to expedite the implementation of social protection programs to alleviate economic shocks upon vulnerable households.

- We further call the State to order, particularly on its duty to ensure that citizens enjoy the progressive realisation of their right to food and water.

Outstanding Issues

1. Report on COVID-19 Testing Capacity in the country

We continue to note growing reports highlighting shortages in COVID-19 test kits.

- We therefore urge the Ministry of Health and Child-Care to produce a report on the availability of test-kits in Zimbabwe

2. Report on the vulnerable namely, detainees and prisons populations

We continue to note that we are yet to receive a publicized report on the protection of vulnerable populations such as refugee camps and prison population;

Further aware that on a daily basis there are new entrants who are sent to remand prison from the outside world, where they may have been exposed to the virus and remain asymptomatic. We particularly note, with concern the arrest and processing of over 40 000 persons for violating COVID-19 Lockdown regulations entailing that police stations have processed over 40 000 persons and these persons were not subjected to the protocols of sanitizations and social distancing protocols during these processes.
Aware that most of our detention facilities and refugee camps may not be capacitated enough and that social distancing rules may be difficult to enforce.

- We buttress our calls upon Government to urgently publicize and implement a comprehensive crisis plan to cater for the rights, needs and safety of detainees in the COVID-19 era.

- We call for the direct support and to vulnerable detainees such as juveniles, pregnant women, persons with disabilities and those with underlying health conditions.

This SITREP is developed by and through the collective network of organisational and individual members of the Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe who are engaged at community levels to national levels in the COVID19 Zimbabwe response.

Source: Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCoZ)

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It's such a shame that this continues to happen in Zimbabwe. Women being abused left right and centre. Women being marginalized. What exactly do you stand for if you cannot even defend the plight of women and protect their rights. Who will be their voice? https://www.facebook.com/slymediatv/videos/257170022116387/
It's such a shame that this continues to happen in Zimbabwe. Women being abused left right and centre. Women being marginalized. What exactly do you stand for if you cannot even defend the plight of women and protect their rights. Who will be their voice? https://www.facebook.com/slymediatv/videos/257170022116387/
It's such a shame that this continues to happen in Zimbabwe. Women being abused left right and centre. Women being marginalized. What exactly do you stand for if you cannot even defend the plight of women and protect their rights. Who will be their voice? https://www.facebook.com/slymediatv/videos/257170022116387/
It's such a shame that this continues to happen in Zimbabwe. Women being abused left right and centre. Women being marginalized. What exactly do you stand for if you cannot even defend the plight of women and protect their rights. Who will be their voice? https://www.facebook.com/slymediatv/videos/257170022116387/
It's such a shame that this continues to happen in Zimbabwe. Women being abused left right and centre. Women being marginalized. What exactly do you stand for if you cannot even defend the plight of women and protect their rights. Who will be their voice? https://www.facebook.com/slymediatv/videos/257170022116387/
It's such a shame that this continues to happen in Zimbabwe. Women being abused left right and centre. Women being marginalized. What exactly do you stand for if you cannot even defend the plight of women and protect their rights. Who will be their voice? https://www.facebook.com/slymediatv/videos/257170022116387/
It's such a shame that this continues to happen in Zimbabwe. Women being abused left right and centre. Women being marginalized. What exactly do you stand for if you cannot even defend the plight of women and protect their rights. Who will be their voice? https://www.facebook.com/slymediatv/videos/257170022116387/
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