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Today, MWACSMED is joined by hundreds of Cooperators from across the country to mark the official celebration of the International Day of Cooperatives (IDC) at Nyamhunga Stadium in Kariba.
Running under the theme, "Cooperatives build a better world", the Ministry of Women Affairs recognises the critical role which Cooperatives are playing in the country and their contribution to economic development in line with Vision 2030.
The Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development today is in Kariba for a pre-training workshop for Cooperators ahead of the International Day of Cooperatives (IDC) Commemorations, which will be held tomorrow, 09 September 2022.
This year's recognised theme is, "Cooperatives Build a Better World."
Today, the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (MWACSMED) held its first workshop to unpack the Public Service Sexual Harassment Policy 2022.
The policy is a brainchild of the PSC strategic plan (2021-23) which was approved by government early this year and seek to create a public service workplace environment that is free from sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse and improve ambience at work stations.
In his welcoming remarks, Permanent Secretary, Mr Moses Mhike applauded the initiative which he said is evident of government’s effort to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace and ensure maximum work productivity to achieve efficient and effective service delivery.
“This is an important sensitisation event as it helps to shed more light among working colleagues. At times we commit an offence because of ignorance. Let us all go through the policy thoroughly because under the Roman law, ignorance has no defence. Let us create a conducive environment for all genders,” he said.
In most cases, sexual harassment also known as sexual violence has caused the victims to lose their jobs, suffer physical and emotional pain, loss of income and various other negative consequences
On the occasion of the we are elated with the recognition we received from the CSR Network Zimbabwe during the 6th edition of the South-East Regional Awards ceremony held in Mutare today. Family AIDS Caring Trust - FACT Zimbabwe was recognized as an organization of Excellence in Community Empowerment and Social Impact.
Our work through various projects and partnerships continue to complement the Government of Zimbabwe's efforts to realize healthy communities for a healthy nation.
We congratulate all the winners and as we strive to make the world a better place for all, let love lead as we serve one another.
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USAID Zimbabwe, UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, Unesco Regional Office for Southern Africa, Tearfund Nederland, FHI 360, Population Solutions for Health, Childline Zimbabwe, Simukai Child Protection Programme, Rujeko Home Based Care Programme, World Education Inc / Bantwana Zim, Frontline AIDS, Family Support Trust, ActionAid Zimbabwe, UNDP Zimbabwe, Fawezi, Leonard Cheshire Disability Zimbabwe, Jointed Hands Welfare Organisation, ZICHIRE, Repssi Zimbabwe, NANGO Zimbabwe, National AIDS Council of Zimbabwe, Econet Zimbabwe
The Ministry conducted the Start-up Development Training Programme for Micro and Small Enterprises and Community Groups in Chiredzi, Masvingo Province from 01 - 03 August 2022 at Westhood Lodge.
The capacity building programme graced by Chiredzi West MP, Hon Musikavanhu and Hon. Mhlanga was aimed at capacitating micro and small enterprises and community groups in Chiredzi with comprehensive business development services including business management and entrepreneurship training, business registration, tax awareness, standards and product certification, public procurement, business licensing, market linkages and access to finance.
Today, the Ministry issued out 11 District Development Officers with Operational Vehicles. The handover was done by the Permanent Secretary, Mr Moses Mhike at the Ministry Head Office in Harare. .C.
By Margaret Matibiri IN a world where men are constantly viewed as predators who are out to take advantage of vulnerable young girls, this has not been the case for…
Yesterday, the AU delegation, led by Honourable Hermaine Kembo, made a courtesy call to the Hon. Minister, Dr. Sithembiso Nyoni. The African Union Special Rapporteur on Ending Child Marriage and other harmful practices is in the country on fact-finding joint missions which seek to track and report on Zimbabwe’s implementation progress on the Ending Child Marriage Campaign.
In her welcoming remarks, Dr. Nyoni said: "Let me also recognize the presence of the Special Rapporteur on Child Marriages and other Harmful practices Hon. Kembo Takam Hermaine Gatsing, Dr. Richard Wotti Wamimbi and the AU Goodwill Ambassador on Ending Child Marriages Dr Nyaradzai Gumbonzvanda and say you are welcome to our beautiful nation".
Hon. Kembo applauded the hospitality and stated the purpose of their visit to Zimbabwe. “Our visit stands within the context of ending Child marriages and we will be having country visits to at least 12 countries, Zimbabwe is the first country we are visiting,” said Honourable Kembo.
Zimbabwean-born, Dr Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda who is the African Union Goodwill Ambassador on Ending Child Marriage and part of the delegation commended the government for its Marriage Act.
The delegation also pointed out that after the mission, a report detailing the country’s progress updates on the Ending Child Marriage Campaign will be compiled with recommendations by the Special Rapporteur and commitments made and actions to be undertaken. This will guide the AU and partner-led support to fill the country’s identified gaps.
The delegation is set to visit 12 countries and Zimbabwe was their first on the list.
Mr Daniel Chinyemba responding to the question: "what challenges and opportunities exist in promoting MSMEs development in the post Covid-19 era?
Today the Zimbabwe through the MWACSMED, joins the world in commemorating the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Day. The National commemoration is held in the form of a Dialogue under the theme: enhancing Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Operating Environment. This is an inaugural Commemoration in Zimbabwe and its taking place at the Monomotapa Hotel.
Mr Moses Mhike, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry giving a keynote address at the HLPC engagement workshop. He later responded to a few questions from members of the media during break time. Watch.....
Today the Ministry and partners are holding a whole day High Level Political Compact (HLPC) on ending GBV and harmful practices in Zimbabwe, Stakeholders Engagement Workshop at the Meikles Hotel, in Harare. The Engagement workshop is expected to feature different stakeholders, such as representatives of Chiefs and religious leaders. Who are expected to speak on the "Traditional and religious leaders as champions against GBV: their role I'm implementing and monitoring of the HLPC
Honourable Minister giving a media briefing on the sidelines of the symposium. She strongly condemned recent case of Munyaradzi Chauraya who has been trending in the media for sexually abusing a minor while recording her.
The symposium features speakers from SAFE, UNFPA, UNICEF among other partners under the Spotlight Initiative. The Hon. S. G. G. Nyoni keynote remarks at the GBV knowledge sharing and learning symposium.
The Ministry with partners under the Spotlight Initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls, is holding a GBV knowledge sharing and learning symposium at the Rainbow Towers today. The symposium is graced by the Honourable Minister, Dr Sithembiso Nyoni.
FACT Zimbabwe in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Develop with funding support from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women through the conducted a Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) campaign under the Voices From the Fringes- Female Sex Worker and Adolescent Girls project which was held at the Cross in Murehwa district of Mashonaland East province.
The campaign came against the backdrop of increased violence towards girls and women which has prompted FACT Zimbabwe and its partners to conduct awareness campaigns to reduce SGBV in the communities of Murehwa, Goromonzi and Kwekwe.
Partners who include the Ministry of Health and Child Care, National AIDS Council of Zimbabwe, CeSHHAR Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Republic Police - ZRP, Mwanasikana Wanhasi, and Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association had the opportunity to sensitise the community on the various reporting platforms, health, legal and psychosocial support services for survivors of SGBV.
The Ministry, in partnership with Family Aids Caring Trust (FACT), has held advocacy trainings for more than 100 sex workers per district since beggining of the year 2022. The Kwekwe District Community Developement Officer, Moreblessing Moyo, indicated that the campaign is yielding positive results as evidenced by some sex workers who gave testimonies of their lives before and after the Advocacy trainings during this campaign.
The Ministry held an inter-district campaign against Sexual Gender Based Violence in Murehwa District, Cross Musami Business Centre, today the 24th of June 2022. The inter District Campaign is composed of Kwekwe, Murehwa and Goromonzi Districts. Representatives and Sex workers from the three districts came and took part in drama and testimonials, speaking on how the campaign has helped them to understand their rights as women and to speak put against sexual gender based violence among for other human rights.
By Margaret Matibiri STAKEHOLDERS, including government, converged in Harare this Wednesday to unpack the Marriages Act which was signed into law by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in March this year. Speaking…
Unpacking of the marriages Act Chapter 5:15 half day workshop: Among the Speakers who were interviewed was the Hon. Minister of Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development, Dr. Sithembiso Nyoni, a representative of the religious groups, Msasa Project and ZWLA.
The Acting SME Director in the Ministry, Mr Mamvura Mabika giving closing remarks at the recently ended Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Monitoring Framework one week long workshop at Crown Plaza Hotel.
The Chipinge Solar Drier project is a great boost for the Chipinge commuity as it can produce 60kgs of dried products per day. The groups have already secured market for the dried vegetables at TM and OK. Beneficiaries are
1. Survivors of GBV
2. Women With Disabilities
3. Women in extreme poverty
4. Women living with HIV
The Ministry look forward to further support the women with packaging materials under Women Development Fund (WDF).
Zimbabwe Women MicroFinance Bank Managers, Mrs Clara Mukosera - Head of Retail and Ms Auxillia Chikava - Head of Credit speaking on the Challenges faced by their institution due to the Covid Pandemic as well as the systems employed to help put the SMEs
Mr Bigboy Mazhandu, the SMEDCO - Risk and Compliance Manager, giving remarks on the challenges which affected the institutional business during the Covid Pandemic.
The Ministry with support from UNDP gave out solar driers in Chipinge on the 3rd of June 2022. The identification of the beneficiaries in Chipinge was necessitated by availability of raw materials such as vegetables, fruits in the area. The handover ceremony was done at an event which was attended by Acting Director and Deputy Gender, Acting PDO Manicaland, Acting DDO Chipinge and UNDP Officials.
"The MSME sector contributes to GDP, provides employment, and facilitates industrialisation of rural areas, thereby reducing regional imbalances and assuring more equitable distribution of welfare": Mr Moses Mhike.
He further pointed out that, the government with support from other institutions has put in place various measures to help in the recovery of the sector from the devastating effects of the pandemic.
Official opening of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Monitoring workshop in progress at Crown Plaza hotel. The Director for Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Ministry, gave remarks on behalf of the Permanent Secretary for Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Mr Moses Mhike.
The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Monitoring workshop will be officially opened tommorow at Crown Plaza, by the Permanent Secretary for Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Mr Moses Mhike. Representatives of the Ministry and stakeholders have converged for this important workshop which is being guided by the Ministry and a consultant DR. Master Mushonga. The Ministry is supported by National Strategies and Capacity Building Branch, Division for Sustainable Development Goals, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) United Nations Department Of Economic Social Affairs Zimbabwe Women's Microfinance Bank
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