By Kenias Chivuzhe
The Zanu PF Women’s League has moved a gear up in advancing the empowerment drive as the party seeks to promote participation of women in the national development agenda.
The Zanu PF Women’s League is working with the Zimbabwe Indigenous Inter-Denominational Council of Churches (ZIICC) to train women to manufacture a wide range of products including sanitisers, perfumes, detergents and soap.
One hundred and twenty women are the latest to benefit from the support initiative in Manicaland province.
Officiating at the graduating ceremony at the Mutare show grounds this Friday, Zanu Pf Secretary for Woman’s Affairs Cde Mabel Chinomona outlined the scope of the empowerment drive.
“This training and empowerment programme should be your springboard for success. There is need to cascade this programme to wards in order to increase the impact of the empowerment drive.
“There is need for the trained women to growth their businesses and compete big companies while I urge women to buy each other’s products. This is time for women to realize their worth and support each other and aim high. There is a need for women to vote for women candidates in order to elevate each other. Unite is very critical and people should know that there is life after elections,” said Cde Chinomona.
Zanu PF Women’s League Secretary for Administration Senator Monica Mutsvangwa spoke on the partnership between the church, the ruling party and government, underscoring the importance of unity in promoting development.
Said Senator Mutsvangwa: “We are happy with church leaders that support the national cause such as Bishop Mutendi and other church leaders who are supporting the call for the illegal sanctions that are hurting the economy.
“This training is in line with calls for unity by President Mnangagwa who says it is a common denominator for success. The president does not spend three to four months at state house without consulting church leaders for guidance on issues of development and social cohesion.”
Church leaders are appreciative of the cordial relations between the ruling party, government and religious organisations, while the beneficiaries are optimistic of viable business ventures that will improve livelihoods.
The women empowerment programmes are apolitical in line with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s vision to leave no one behind in the country’s development matrix.
Assurances were also given by Women’s Bank authorities and Women’s League executive that President Mnangagwa is aware of the need to inject more money into the financial institution to empower more women.