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Why we must eliminate violence against women
Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it.
In general terms, it manifests itself in physical, sexual and psychological forms, encompassing:
- intimate partner violence (battering, psychological abuse, marital rape, femicide);
- sexual violence and harassment (rape, forced sexual acts, unwanted sexual advances, child sexual abuse, forced marriage, street harassment, stalking, cyber- harassment);
- human trafficking (slavery, sexual exploitation);
- female genital mutilation; and
- child marriage.
- 1 in 3 women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, most frequently by an intimate partner
- Only 52% of women married or in a union freely make their own decisions about sexual relations, contraceptive use and health care
- Worldwide, almost 750 million women and girls alive today were married before their 18th birthday; while 200 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM)
- 1 in 2 women killed worldwide were killed by their partners or family in 2012; while only 1 out of 20 men were killed under similar circumstances
- 71% of all human trafficking victims worldwide are women and girls, and 3 out of 4 of these women and girls are sexually exploited
- Violence against women is as serious a cause of death and incapacity among women of reproductive age as cancer, and a greater cause of ill health than traffic accidents and malaria combined.
#OrangeUrWorld, #OrangeTheWorld, #HearMeToo, #EndVAW.
Article Source: United Nation
African Changemakers Fellowship (#ACFellowship) Program.
African ChangeMakers Fellowship Program (#ACFellowship) selects impressive African visionaries between the ages 25-40 years to train and empower them to change their communities positively across Africa and beyond. These committed changemakers know best how to transform businesses, tech space and their communities’ social issues–we make it possible here.
African ChangeMakers Fellowship Program continues to develop African future leadership and entrepreneurial skills through training, mentorship, collaboration and a connected network of changemakers. You will learn a lot from us and we will learn a lot from you, African ChangeMakers Fellowship is through a selection of application process; selected applicants are enrolled in a FREE intensive 5 weeks online training course to share, collaborate and learn everything on civic engagement, entrepreneurship, leadership, project management, social enterprise and mentorship.
African Changemakers Fellowship Program Application for Cohort 3, 2019.
- The application opens November 1, 2018
- The application close December 30, 2018
- Selected Applicants Notification: July, 2019
- African Changemakers Fellowship Program Duration: September – October 2019.
- 25-40 years old
- A citizen from any of the 54 African countries.
- Training is in English Language – can read and speak in English.
- Have access to internet, computer, laptop or mobile device to connect to online program.
- Able to commit a full 5 hours a week to the program.
- Passionate about using their skills to make positive impact in their community and businesses.
- Interested in leadership and social enterprise for Africa sustainable development.
- Can demonstrate leadership and collaborative skills with people.
- Can demonstrate initiative, self-direction, and a “can-do” attitude
African Changemakers Fellowship Program Application for Cohort 3, 2019.
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Impact For Women
“When I grow up I want to be a housewife,” I said to my mother one day. I regretted it almost immediately when I saw the look on her face. To say she was disappointed is an understatement. I was interrogated for hours on why I would waste my education and intelligence on such low ambitions. It was almost an insult to my mother, who was working and studying at the same time to earn a better wage, so she could educate my sisters and me. My father was a reluctant provider for the family, could I not see how much my mother could not depend on him?
I was young, and it was sort of a spur of the moment sentiment, so I didn’t have credible answers. It was a moment that was quickly forgotten, conversations quickly discarded. I continued with my studies, finished high school well and went on to get my degree. Now, several decades later, I must own that those words were not merely the wishful musings of a summer day, but an expression of a deeper meaning I am only now beginning to understand.
First of the idea of me being a housewife in the typical sense is, to all people who know me, ridiculous. I do not enjoy cleaning, scrapping, polishing and fussing over laundry and soft furnishings. I am a very unwilling housekeeper. I realize now that what I have always valued about a woman raising her family is not so much the physical effort she exerts, but the impact she can have. I value inspired action: doing things with impact in mind, with the aim to achieve meaningful results.
If I could do over the afternoon with my mother I would tell her when I grow up I want to impact the people around me. What better way to start than in the home? All the values we seek to attain on a national level are values that can be translated, in one form or another, into family values. They are values we can teach our children and small communities. And what is a nation other than a collection of these small entities?
For several years I worked for a local NGO in implementing community development initiatives. I had to deal with housewives who had, by choice or circumstances, abandoned education for marriage and raising families. In trying to work with these women, their lack of education became a natural stumbling block in achieving the level of impact that the projects sought. This confirmed to me what I had subconsciously become aware of: if development is to be completely inclusive, everybody should be educated in one way or the other.
I recently completed a mobile application development program. For the project part of the course, I proposed an emergency response app aimed at caregivers. At the mention that this would be used by mothers and women in the home, I could see the all-male judging panel start to lose interest. “There isn’t much money to be made with that,” they told me. My project was considered inferior because it was domestic, and everyone knows generally domestic means women.
I believe because of the domestic role of women in development cannot be ignored. For example, women remain primary child care givers on the continent, therefore to harness the potential of the child we need to equip the women to nurture it appropriately. Innovations in education and child psychology, should be the privy of the women who spend the most time with the children.
My focus is therefore to bring enlightenment, education and exposure to the fundamental pillars of our communities. Through my IT Consultancy work I provide training and support particularly to women and girls who run the risk of being overlooked in technological advancement. No one will be pushing for innovations that benefit women directly unless women are the architects of the development. I am actively involved in empowerment projects that focus on income generation for women. As a mother to two daughters, I have a daily duty to model balancing career and family, without disparaging the choices they may make. I listen to their dreams and inspire them to pursue them and seek social impact as well. Above all, I never dictate what is the appropriate thing for them to desire as girls, apart from the expectation that they are equal to the other half of the gender.
My vision for the future is that from the home to boardroom, the women there will be well educated and tech savvy, more than well equipped to drive the destiny of the family and the nation.
About the author: Sharon Makunura, Zimbabwean Changemaker, ICT Consultant, Career Guidance Counsellor, Writer, Trainer, Volunteer, Mother to daughters.