16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign

The Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust (CFoZT) stands together with the women of Zimbabwe to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. The international campaign originated from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991.

In 2015 The Culture Fund has initiated the Culture Impacts programme which buttresses 3 fundamental pathways   Free Expression; Gender Equality and Rights. The Expression pathway only delivers true meaning when women find a voice and space to explore their full potential. The Gender Equality pathway is first and foremost a matter of human rights. The Culture Fund subscribes to the United Nations premise that views Gender equality as a goal in itself and as a vehicle for accelerated sustainable development.  This pathway advocates for equal rights for both women and men, combating discriminatory practices and norms that perpetuate such and entrench stereotypes. It talks to addressing structural inequalities and empowerment.

The Culture Fund believes that the other gender notion of equity helps to level the playing field by acknowledging the differences between men and women, taking into account historical and social imbalances.  The underlying assumption is that empowered women play a significant role within communities. When women fully participate and control their destinies they contribute to lasting development and reduce poverty in the process.

On the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 25th November, 2015 the Culture Fund launched the Status of Women In The Arts and Culture Sector book. The research was commissioned by Culture Fund in partnership with the Embassy of Sweden in Harare to articulate the role, situation and institutional framework for women in the culture sector. The research was undertaken with a view to inform sector policies and strategies and improve gender sensitivity and inclusivity in the arts and culture sector of Zimbabwe. We work with our partners in the sector to ensure a Zimbabwe that is unequivocal in it’s the voice and space regarding gender.