Appointment of WLSA National Director

                                                                                                           The board of the Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) Zimbabwe is pleased to announce the appointment of Fadzai Traquino as the new National Director. She replaces Justice Sylvia Chirawu, now a judge of the High Court, who has been at the helm of the organization for several years.

A holder of a Master’s Degree in Women’s Law from the Southern and East African Regional Centre for Women’s Law and qualified with a law degree from the University of Zimbabwe.

Traquino briefly worked with the European Union Election Observer Mission in Zimbabwe as an electoral analyst.  She is not a new face in the women’s movement, having worked as a Programmes Manager for the Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association (ZWLA) under the Legal Aid Empowerment Program. She has also held various positions at Oxfam Zimbabwe as a Programmes Adviser – Extractives Industry and Country Funding Coordinator respectively.

The Chairperson of the board welcomes the development and believes in Traquino’s capacity to spearhead innovation and drive the organization to the next level.

Women Breaking Leadership Barriers

Lillian Zvomuya in Murehwa

Lilian Zvomuya, (51) never thought herself as the incoming Village Head. Being a woman, the position of Village Head was traditionally beyond her on grounds of gender than merit.READ MORE

Determination drives aspiring Councillor  - Sekesai Sande

For women in the rural areas, it has been an impossible mission, for one, Sekesai Sande, from Bindura rural, her aspirations to defy the odds is an unstoppable driving force. She won the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC -T) primary elections and will be representing Ward 14 in Bindura as a Councillor. READ MORE

I stand for the good of all Mrehwa Ward 9 Residents - Pauline Sixpence

"I benefited from the workshops I attended which were conducted by the Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) Zimbabwe. These workshops enhanced my understanding of the law and rights of women as stated in the Constitution of Zimbabwe,' said Sixpence during an interview in Mrewa recently. READ MORE

Mrehwa Rural Councillor braces to retain seat- Resta Dzvinyangomba

“I continue to fight for the rights of the girl child particularly in ending early child marriages and girls dropping out of school because I know from experience,”.READ MORE

Chido Madiwa-Tsinakwadi

Her victory in the primary elections made her confident and running the race to win. “If I get into parliament, since I have been doing meetings with the electorate under a tree. The next five years after 2023, people should be coming to my house and say please come and represent us,” concluded. READ MORE

 

Young woman eyeing Seke-Manyame Rural seat - Rairo Gunguwo

Running as an independent gives me flexibility to push people’s agenda and not restricted by the party agenda only. I have always believed in being the change I wish to see and in this instance through elections I want to enter a space where I can change the plight of us young women and promote gender and youth responsive policies in the country. READ MORE

A Woman of Today Must Arise and Shine - Tsitsi Chikonyora

Forty three year old Tsitsi Chikonyora believes that her life experiences sufficiently prepared her for the rough terrain that is often associated with politics. The rigors she went through since childhood instilled into her the resolve of standing up for one’s rights, more so as a girl child. READ MORE

Let us be the change we want - Fadzai Mahere

“The support I have received from volunteers both in my constituency and outside has been awesome,I have received wise counsel from women from the church, civic society, particularly on mobilization strategies and how to navigate gender based attacks.” READ MORE

 

Beating Plastic Pollution

Section 73 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe recognizes that every person has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well being. The environment has to also be protected for the benefit of present and future generations by preventing pollution and ecological degradation, promoting conservation and securing ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting economic and social development. Therefore, Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) – Zimbabwe joins the rest of the world in commemorating the world Environment Day with the theme for 2018 being “Beat Plastic Pollution”. Heavy use of plastic results in a heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places our wildlife and is also a great threat and risk to our own health. Read more

Hwange Colliery Company calls for negotiations with Protesting Hwange Women

 

Press Statement

Hwange Colliery Company calls for negotiations with Protesting Hwange Women

The Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL) Acting Managing Director finally engaged protesting Hwange women, committing to provide business training and start-up support to enable them to start income generating projects. HCCL spouses have since left the tent where they have been camping for 117 days, and their spouses have received their monthly salary for May 2018 since 2013.

Hwange Colliery Company Limited management have since signed a contract to help the women start self-help business ventures. The women are going to go through a training on business leadership and entrepreneurship meant to impart knowledge on how to run small businesses such as poultry, piggery and sewing. Read more

Workers Day statement

 Workers Day

As we commemorate Workers Day, under the local theme: We are at crossroads, arise and organize – do not mourn, it is opportune to reflect on how far the struggle to dignify the workforce has come. It is from getting a correct perspective of how far we have come that we get an appreciation of how far we are yet to go.

A look at the relationship between the workforce and employers reveals the need for organisations like us WLSA Zimbabwe to roll out our sleeves and put shoulders to wheel. It is clear that the level playing field is still unequal for men and women in the workforce. Women continue to be on the sidelines particularly where economic policies and decisions are concerned.

The Women’s Coalition launched the Zimbabwe SADC Gender Barometer for 2017, early this year. The Barometer revealed that there is a low percentage of women in the formal sector employment, and women’s limited access to and control of country’s productive resources is worrisome. More men (30%) than women (14%) are in paid employment in Zimbabwe, with more women (14, 9%) than men (7, 3%) being unemployed. Read more

Congratulations to Justice Elizabeth Gwaunza

Congratulations to Justice Elizabeth Gwaunza on her appointment as Deputy Chief Justice

WLSA Zimbabwe congratulates Justice Elizabeth Gwaunza on her appointment as the Deputy Chief Justice. The first woman to occupy such a post in the history of the country.

Admitted as a legal practitioner in 1987, Justice Gwaunza then co-founded WLSA Zimbabwe in 1989 and became the National Coordinator till 1995. We are pleased to be associated with her. It is an honour and inspiration to continue with the work of ensuring that the law works equitably for women.

A founder and former President of the Zimbabwe Association of Women Judges, Justice Gwaunza is the second woman to have sat on the Supreme Court bench. She is a member of the International Association of Women Judges and have sat on many women’s organization boards. Read more