1. INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD, HARARE
Mudiwa Foundation joined other civil society groups in the commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child at the Police Headquarters in Harare.
The Foundation had a chance to interact with Senior Assistant Commissioner, Charity Charamba. The Foundation was extremely concerned by the proximity of Police Stations in rural areas. Police stations are inaccessible for most rural communities, making the reporting of crimes a mammoth task. The Foundation noted the need to increase awareness in communities and to ensure that communities are safeguarding the best interests of the (girl) child.
2. ABOLITION OF CHILD MARRIAGES, HARARE
Mudiwa Foundation also had a chance to participate in the march against Child Marriages. In keeping with the best interests of the child, the Foundation welcomes the landmark ruling by the Constitutional Court in Zimbabwe that led to the abolition of child marriages.
While this is a step in the right direction, the Foundation through its Community Development and Child Welfare Initiatives continues to advocate for the abolition of this practice in our rural communities. We believe the girl child needs community support in protecting her rights.
3. JUVENILE JUSTICE IN ZIMBABWE
Mudiwa Foundation was invited as a guest on Radio Zimbabwe. The program focused on Juvenile Justice in Zimbabwe. The Foundation spelled out the need for revision in legislation concerning Juvenile Justice and for general awareness campaigns on the rights of the child and on the consequences of delinquent behaviour.
This is a continuous drive that Mudiwa Foundation is spearheading through its School of Leaders campaign. The youth need to be made aware of the legalities and consequences of crime. These campaigns will be held in schools and at community centres to the benefit of Zimbabwean youths.
4. YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN POVERTY ERADICATION IN ZIMBABWE
The Foundation got a chance to appear on ZBC’s Good Morning Zimbabwe. The Founder and Executive articulated the vision adding that there is need for the youth to take their stand in the fight against poverty.
The Foundation believes in youth participation in eradicating poverty in Zimbabwe and that the youth ought to be given a chance to extend a hand of hope to those in dire need. The Foundation reiterated the need for active mobilization of human resources from across the divide and channeling these resources towards safeguarding the right to education. The plight of the children in the rural areas so demands that the Foundation takes an active and aggressive stance in ensuring a future and hope for the children.
5. YOUTH SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS IN ZIMBABWE
Mudiwa Foundation was invited as guests on Social Forum on ZBC Sport FM. In the first instance, the Foundation discussed issues affecting the youth with particular emphasis on the issue of illegal abortions. It is alarming to note the frequency with which young women are dying as consequence of illegal abortions. The moral campus that drives society in Zimbabwe generally gravitates from abortion as a topic and as a practice.
In upholding the moral fibre, the legislature neglected the young woman’s rights to bodily integrity, freedom of conscience, freedom of choice and access to health care. However, the Foundation advocates for the right to life, both of the child and of the mother. The social dynamics have since shifted in Zimbabwe making it a mammoth task to raise a generation that is heavily influenced by western culture and practices. Mudiwa Foundation through its School of Leaders Program has taken up the role of mentoring and empowering the youth. It is important for young women to be equipped with the necessary knowledge on contraception and the consequences of illegal abortions. The young men must not be left out in this exercise. They must also be taught to take responsibility of their actions
6. THE APPLICATION OF CHILDREN’S RIGHTS IN RURAL AREAS IN ZIMBABWE
The Foundation got invited a second time to discuss children’s rights and their application in rural Zimbabwe. The interview centered on the right to education which is a priority area for Mudiwa Foundation.
The panelists discussed how rural schools are somehow marginalized in the interpretation and application of children’s rights. A significant number of children in the rural areas do not have birth certificates, violating the child’s basic right to a name and registration. They also do not have proper educational facilities, infringing on their right to quality education. The list of vices working against children in the rural Zimbabwe is unfortunately endless. There is need for civil society to work with the government in bridging the gap between learners in rural and urban areas.
7. SOCIAL INFLUENCES AROUND THE ONSET OF EARLY SEXUAL ACTIVITY IN RURAL ZIMBABWE
Mudiwa Foundation was invited to Social Forum for the third time to discuss the social influences around early sexual activity in Zimbabwe. It is important for the nation to unite in winning in the fight against HIV/AIDS and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases amongst the youth. Through this platform, Mudiwa Foundation formed a strategic partnership with the Zimbabwe National Council for the Welfare of Children. The Zimbabwe National Council for the Welfare of Children runs a coalition of Child Welfare Organizations in Zimbabwe. Mudiwa Foundation has affiliated itself with organizations specializing in Education, Child Protection, Child Environmental Awareness and Legal Aid which are thematic areas in Mudiwa Foundation