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MOU signed for the establishment of a Textile Manufacturing Centre for women

Story by Yolanda Moyo

THE Government through the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Bulawayo City Council that will set in motion the establishment of a Textile Manufacturing Centre for women in the city.

The project is being funded by the African Development Bank.

Speaking during the signing of the MOU in Bulawayo this Tuesday, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development, Dr Mavis Sibanda said the project seeks to harness the potential of youth and women by addressing their capacity gaps.

“The project also aims at contributing to the reduction of Gender Based Violence, youth unemployment and gender inequality, and addressing shortage of skills among women and youths,” she said.

Bulawayo Mayor, His Worship David Coltart also highlighted the importance of the project.

“This project falls under the sustainable enterprise development projects for women and youth. It aims to empower the segment of the society that is often overlooked and marginalised by providing them with the necessary resources and infrastructure to thrive,” he said.

The Textile Manufacturing Centre will also offer training programmes, mentorship initiatives, and networking platforms to equip women with the necessary knowledge and tools to thrive in the business world.

Textiles have a rich history in Bulawayo, and the centre is expected to serve as a catalyst for resuscitating this heritage, while fostering economic advancement.

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