Women crystallise 2013 resolutions

HARARE - The beginning of a New Year always symbolises new beginnings for most people and the Christian community usually start the New Year with prayer and fasting while appealing for divine intervention.

Over the past few decades, many Zimbabweans have turned to God for solutions to the socio-economic and political problems.

While most people are very positive about life at the beginning of the year, some take this time to reflect on the previous year’s disappointments with the hope that what they failed to achieve in the previous year would be achieved.

People from all walks of life take this time to make resolutions on what they hope to achieve the following year.

The Daily News on Sunday interviewed various women from the business sector, civil society and churches to find out their resolutions for 2013.

Deputy minister of Women Affairs Gender and Community Development Jessie Majome said she intended to improve her spiritual and physical fitness as well as spend more time with her children and parents.

“I want to improve my time keeping and read a book every month,” Majome said.

Majome, who is also spokesperson for Copac, the parliamentary committee tasked with ushering in a new constitution, said she hoped that the constitution would be finalised soon.

“I hope that the constitution-making process will be completed to the reasonable satisfaction of all Zimbabweans so that free, fair and effective elections take place,” she said.

The MP for Harare West said she would continue with her efforts to develop her constituency.

“I want to finalise some projects which I started last year and I also want to keep my constituency abreast with what will be happening in Parliament,” she said.

Majome, who has since launched a weekly newsletter entitled The Harare Westerner where she informs her constituency about parliamentary proceedings, also uses social media like Facebook to interact with her constituency.

Chief Executive Officer of Expert Insights Consultancy Maggie Mzumara said she will continue with her sterling work to promoting women in leadership through programmes like the Success in Stilleto Series (Sis).

Sis brings together women captains of industry to share experiences with other women in leadership.

Prominent women like Kingdom Afrasia CEO Lynn Mukonoweshuro and CEO of arguably the largest auction floors in the world Rudo Boka have been facilitators at these seminars.

Mzumara who is also a communication expert who has won various awards for her work as a journalist says she wants “to consolidate and build further on the gains and brand of Success in Stilettos (SiS) Seminar Series and to be more productive through better time management and results based strategies.

The mother of three says she also wants to be a better wife, mother, aunt and friend as well as lose weight.

“I want to get my mojo back by losing weight and bring my ‘sexy’ back,” Mzumara said.

United States Department of State Public Affairs Counsellor Sharon Hudson Dean who coordinates the Women Journalist Mentorship Programme (WJMP) said she wanted to constantly build on and expand the high quality and breadth of training in the US Embassy-sponsored programme.

The innovative programme now in its second year seeks to create self-confident, skilled female media professionals; through mentorship.

“I want to encourage these dynamic Zimbabwean women to support each other through their important network of friendship and collegiality. Our goal is to see them set the top standards of high quality, ethical reporting and to reach the highest levels of leadership in the media and other related sectors,” Hudson Dean said.

But in the midst of things and the excitement of new beginnings the New Year brings not everyone is keen on making resolutions because of the socio-economic and political climate in Zimbabwe.

Human Rights activist Cynthia Manjoro told the Daily News on Sunday she had not been able to make any resolutions over the past two years because she spent most of her time behind bars.

The award winning activist was part of the 29 Glen View residents who were accused of murdering a police officer Petros Mutedza in May 2011.

“I had stopped making resolutions. In 2011, I was in prison from May to July and last year I was in prison for seven months. I did not have time for myself because there was always reporting to the police and going to court. The worst is over, things will get better,” Manjoro said.

Pastor Rebecca Matimba of Apostolic Faith Mission, Belvedere Assembly said 2013 would be a year to launch deeper into the work of God as well as seek for more business opportunities.

The pastor also said she believed her assembly would bring more souls to the Lord.

“The first thing is to seek the kingdom of God and all these things will fall into place. I just want to live a life that is worthy of the cross as well as to have good relationships with all people.

“I will benefit more if I have many friends and so this year I want to get along more with friends and relatives and off course I want to be there for the church, my husband and children,” Matimba said.
Managing director of Securico Divine Ndlukula revealed that her goals for her company which is one of the largest security companies in the country were to make significant inroads into its regional expansion project.
Ndhlukula who employs at least 3 600 people said she intended to attain targeted growth.

“We want to consolidate our gains and continue offering the best value proposition to our clients as well as assisting our valued employees to attain their lifelong dream of being home owners.

“As an individual, my goals are to create more time for my physical, mental, spiritual and social needs by ensuring that I exercise more, play more golf, fellowship more and spend quality time with my family and friends.

The multiple award-winning businesswoman who employs more than 900 single women and widows told the Daily News on Sunday she wanted to continue empowering women in 2013.

“I want have more influence and impact on the women’s economic empowerment agenda through mentorship, support, employment of more women, inspiration talks and whatever else it takes to get more women yearn for that space,” Ndhlukula said. - Thelma Chikwanha, Features Editor

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