First Lady launches girl empowerment drive at UZ

By ZBC Reporter
ZIMBABWE’S focus on gender equality has moved a notch up following the launch of a unique empowerment campaign for female tertiary students by the First Lady, Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) this Friday.
Dubbed ‘Tertiary Girls on the Go,’ the empowerment campaign by the First Lady Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa is a unique project that seeks to cultivate entrepreneurial skills among female students to enhance their economic participation as well as an opportunity for the girl child to interact with female business personalities.
The First Lady hosted a symposium at the University of Zimbabwe that created a platform for dialogue on empowerment projects for tertiary students. She encouraged the female students to venture into self-empowerment programmes.
Amai Mnangagwa, through the Angel of Hope Foundation, has shown her commitment to inspire tertiary female students and transform their potential into tangible business projects.
“It is with this spirit that this symposium was planned so that together and through interaction with notable female business personalities here, we have come to chart a new path for the girl child who is on the verge of graduating from the university,” she said.
While Zimbabwe has essentially achieved universal access to primary education, the reality of societal biases is most visible after tertiary education when female graduates struggle to penetrate major sectors of the economy.
The Tertiary Girls on the Go Campaign is expected to take a lead in promoting self-confidence and belief among female tertiary students for them to rise above the scourge of sexual exploitation.
“Entrepreneurial innovation as you are well aware is a central component of education 5.0, kuziva nekugona which the ministry of higher and tertiary education in response to vision 2030 is currently implementing,” she added.
Through encouraging the participation of women in the economy, the campaign by the First Lady emphasises on the development of the female student.