Empowerment programmes for women with disabilities rolled out

By Gay Matambo

YOUNG Women for Economic Development programmes were taken to Chivi District this Sunday where empowerment projects were rolled out for young girls and women with disabilities.

The women empowerment lobby group descended on Chivi District where beneficiaries received sewing machines which were donated by the First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa, through the Angel of Hope Foundation.

The sewing machines will be used for producing sanitary wear to ensure young women and girls with disabilities manage their monthly menstrual cycle in a healthy and dignified way.

“Young girls, especially those with disabilities in rural communities like Chivi, were facing a challenge in accessing sanitary wear. We are very grateful for being remembered in such empowerment programmes,” said Ms Vimbai Chese, a representative of people with disabilities in Masvingo Province.

The empowerment projects dovetail with the Second Republic’s mantra of leaving no one and no place behind in development.

“We are leaving no one behind in terms of empowering women, that is why here in Chivi. We chose to empower those living with disabilities. Provision of sanitary wear is very important for us as a country and we are happy that our mother, the First Lady, has also taken it upon herself to make sure that she assists people with disabilities who are here in Masvingo,” noted
Honourable Tatenda Mavetera, President of the Young Women for Economic Development.

Zanu PF Women’s League Masvingo provincial chairperson, Cde Aliginia Mhlanga, said the empowerment programmes are a step in the right direction to ensure women contribute meaningfully to economic development.

“This is a welcome development to us as Masvingo Province because people are seeing that the ruling party is for the people, especially vulnerable members of the community,” she said.

The Young Women for Economic Development is on a drive to push for inclusivity and participation of women below the age of 45 in all sectors of the economy through socio-economic and political activities that boost development.