International Women’s Day message of solidarity

 

The Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust salutes and celebrates the women of Zimbabwe and the World for their achievements in claiming their equal share for social, economic and political parity. Guided by this year’s theme “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality” commendable strides have been made in gaining equal rights in Zimbabwe. There are more women who are asserting their rights and challenging traditional stereo-types.
We applaud the indomitable courage of Loveness Mudzuru and Ruvimbo Tsopodzi in challenging Section 22 (1) of the Marriage Act (Chapter 5:11) in as far as it was inconsistent with the constitutional provisions of section 78(1) that resulted in the landmark judgement which declares that:
“No person, male or female in Zimbabwe may enter into any marriage including an unregistered customary law union or any other union including one arising out of religion or a religious rite before attaining the age of eighteen (18),”
Such legal rulings can only reap stronger results by concerted efforts by all stakeholders to protect the girl child from cultural and religious practices that perpetuate the practice of child marriages. The Culture Fund urges the justice system and legal fraternity to push for more robust enforcement mechanisms in ensuring that the criminalization of child marriages is a reality and not a token gesture on paper.
We as the Culture Fund are proud of the work we have accomplished in addressing gender disparities in the Arts and Culture sector. Under the 2015 Culture Impacts programme, Culture Fund has advanced the collective capacities of female artists to assert themselves as leaders. Stimulus Innovation Hub is championing the drive to empower Women in the Arts with business and entrepreneurial skills that will allow them to compete with their international contemporaries; male or female.
We are leveraging creative spaces and platforms to influence behavior change that enables the loosening of gender stereotypes and allows men to fully embrace female narratives. So far the Culture Fund has initiated dialogue around gender equality with over 5,300 individuals. Our publication the ‘Status of Women in the Arts and Culture Sector’ is evidence of our commitment in articulating for gender equity in the sector.
As move ahead, we work towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal Number. 5 – ‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’. The Culture fund strives to see the elimination of all harmful practices that negatively impact the ability of women to be economically empowered and meaningfully contribute to their nations GDP