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.
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
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
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 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