Capacitating young people key to economic development: Minister Mutsvangwa

By ZBC Reporter
YOUNG people should take a lead in economic empowerment initiatives rather than develop a wait and see attitude if the country is to move forward, said Minister of Information, Media And Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa at the SHE ROARS young women empowerment conference.
The conference was held this Saturday in the capital.
Senator Mutsvangwa said investing in young people’s economic empowerment is an effective means to drive progress in national development.
“As a government, we want to move together with all the young people in the country especially young women and I must hasten to say before independence women were oppressed but after independence things changed, new policies came up to empower women and level the playing field,” said Senator Mutsvangwa.
“ Zimbabwe is one of the 6 countries in the whole world who have a legal framework for women enshrined in the constitution. This is our country together with our president in the second republic President Mnangagwa has deepened the democratic space to make sure women and young people are empowered because we need that legacy to continue forward.”
Founder SHE ROARS, Ruvimbo Nyikadzino says her organization’s main objective is to empower young girls and women to break the traditional gender roles.
“We believe as young women we can come together to achieve desired goals. You find out that when one finishes university there is an open platform created to get employed which a different scenario. As young women, we should not sit at home and wait for someone to come and find employment for us but we should be entrepreneurs. So we have created a platform for young women to share ideas and stories of how best we can be women champions,” she said.
Founded in 2019, SHE ROARS is a network of young women between the ages of 18-35. Some of their activities include Mentoring,
Financial inclusion and literacy to increase women’s financial independence and economic success.