Articles tagged 'girl child'

School makes sanitary pads to keep girls in class 29 May 2017 HARARE - Chisipite Senior School on Saturday created 1 000 reusable, washable sanitary pads, designed to keep indigent girls in school. With facilitation by Tamba Washables and in close coordination with Kubatana, so-called “Padathon” produced 1 000 attractive and reusable cloth pads and is in...
Minister bemoans early marriages 10 April 2017 HARARE - Despite the fact that the Constitutional Court (Con-Court) outlawed child marriages, the practice is still common in remote areas like Hurungwe and Magunje as children are marrying early to fend for their families and also because there is nothing to do after school, Higher and Tertiary ...
'Over 3 000 girls drop out of school to marry' 29 November 2016 HARARE - More than 3 000 secondary school girls have dropped out of school since January this year due to child marriages, Plan International gender officer Tino Hondo said. In a dialogue between ministers of religion yesterday, Hondo said 3 650 girls dropped out of school compared to only 251...
Half of all pregnancies unplanned — ZNFPC 29 November 2016 MUTARE - Almost half of all pregnancies in the country are unplanned for because of poor individual contraceptive choices, the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) has said. ZNFPC provincial manager Dyson Masvingise told a media briefing in Mutare recently that 40 percent of pregn...
MPs' stance on child marriages sensible 15 November 2016 HARARE - Opposition legislators are finally challenging discriminatory social norms buttressing child marriages by opening debate in the National Assembly today to end the cycle of lifelong disadvantage for girls. Opposition MDC chief whip Innocent Gonese and Bulawayo Central MP Dorcas Sibanda...
Poor service delivery costs women, girls 6 November 2016 HARARE - As the water crisis seems to have no possible solution in sight and rationing regimes have been introduced in cities and towns across the country, women and girls are most affected due to gender roles placed on them by society and culture. Care giving, a role mostly given to women has...
Clare sings for the girl child 17 October 2016 HARARE - Songbird and Afro-jazz singer Clare Nyakujara will, this Friday, entertain revellers at Harare’s Ambassador Hotel where she is raising money towards the girl child. The concert dubbed One Summer Night of Jazz is in support of the girl child in the spirit of last week’s commemorations ...
'Expelling pregnant students illegal' 4 August 2016 HARARE - Pregnant students must not be expelled from school but must instead be given time to give birth and continue with their studies, the Education ministry has said. Primary and Secondary Education ministry's Harare province deputy director Joyce Maposa on Tuesday said “according to Zimba...
Zim economy 'raping' female students 27 August 2015 HARARE - The government of Zimbabwe, in the last couple of years, has fuelled the ongoing economic malaise by implementing unsound policies and failing to resolve an acute and protracted accommodation crisis in institutions of higher learning. Unfortunately, this has affected female students m...
'Tomana ouster not easy' 5 July 2015 HARARE - Controversial First Lady Grace Mugabe faces legal hurdles in her mission to have error-prone prosecutor general (PG) Johannes Tomana expelled for his age of consent statements with legal analysts saying the Constitution virtually protects him. According to the Constitution, the PG is ...
Tomana not fit for purpose 23 June 2015 LONDON - In any civilised society, Prosecutor-General Johannes Tomana would have, of his own accord, resigned or been sacked. It is not surprising that his comments which seemed to condone child marriages would have, to use an exclusively Zimbabwean media lexical invention, “torched a storm”. ...
Let us fight against abuse of children 4 November 2013 EDITOR — It is high time authorities come hard on child abusers as these evil acts have now reached alarming levels. Hats off to the organisers of the recent demonstrations by children against child abuse as it will go a long way in helping curb this vice. The children have played their par...
Stop child sexual abuse 3 November 2013 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF government must immediately spring into action and put in place measures to curtail widespread abuse of the girl-child. With shocking statistics that over 4 000 cases of child abuse are reported every year, this is when a responsible government ...
Child rape horror 3 November 2013 HARARE - Over 4 000 cases of child abuse are reported yearly to the police, horror statistics that prompted a demo that brought traffic to a standstill in Harare yesterday. Over 500 children marched under police escort from Town House, turned into Samora Machel Avenue and proceeded to Africa U...
Who do we trust? 10 October 2013 EDITOR— I am very disturbed by a story I read in your paper about a father who was caught raping his 12-year-old daughter. This comes at a time cases of rape are on the increase in Zimbabwe. I don't understand why a father who is supposed to be looking after his child ends up being the one ...
2 400 children raped in 10 months 10 October 2013 HARARE - Child abuse, particularly sexual abuse, is rampant in Zimbabwe with increasing calls to protect children from all forms of abuse and neglect. In a fresh report, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Victim Friendly Unit, said more than 2 400 children under the age of 18 were victims of r...
Justice should be served 8 October 2013 EDITOR — The rate at which children are being abused in this country is so disturbing. Whenever I read the paper I come across child abuse cases and this is very disheartening to know that in this era there are some people who are cruel enough to rape a seven-month-old baby and also some who c...
Poverty forces parents to marry off daughters early 24 September 2013 HARARE - Children living in farming areas are being married off at an early age, with approximately 50 percent being married below the age of 18. Moira Ngaru, director of Farm Orphan Support Trust of Zimbabwe (Fost) said early marriage was a form of violence against children that was rampant i...