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The event provided a platform for engargement on how best to uplift young women and girls

Clayton Shereni

Women advocacy group, Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCoZ) has urged women of Zimuto community to help young girls discover and shape their talents.
This came up during the belated International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrations in Masvingo Rural Ward 2 on Monday, March 11.
The celebrations were held under the theme #BalanceforBetter, and they drew women and a few men from all walks of life who gathered at the Ministry of Women Affairs community hall where they discussed various gender related issues affecting women in their area.
Speaking at the interactive celebrations which was attended both by elderly and young women, WCoZ provincial coordinator, Belinda Mwale challenged older women to take it upon themselves to guide girls and younger women.
“Our young women and girl children must enjoy freedom and their rights but let us help them to discover their talents so that they don’t stay below boys forever. We should give financial and moral support to our young women and girls.
“Young women should stand toe to toe with young men and do the same work that everybody else does. We don’t want girls to always be at a disadvantage,” said Mwale.
Some participants applauded WCoZ for taking its programmes to their own area, saying the information that was being shared was critical for gender mainstreaming at family and community level.
“We really appreciate these engagements that we know do make a difference in the way we perceive gender matters,” said a participant.
WCoZ initially held the IWD celebrations last week in Masvingo Urban where they did a Young Women’s Forum for women aged between 18 and 35.

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