DAPP Zimbabwe joins the rest of the world in celebrating the 101st International Women’s Day. All 17 DAPP Zimbabwe projects joined the rest of the international community in commemorating this day. Speaking at a luncheon held at DAPP’s Capacity Building and Training Centre in Harare , DAPP Zimbabwe's Finance and Human Resources Director, Mathias Paradzai said “DAPP Zimbabwe recognises women as equally competent to hold influential leadership positions as can be seen through the appointment of women as project leaders. Out of the 17 projects across Zimbabwe, women lead in 9 projects meaning that women are the majority"
He added that under the leadership of women, the projects such as Hope Bindura have seen more and more women taking part in project activities organized as activists taking a leading role in the fight against HIV/AIDS. He also said our Child Aid projects have more women family coordinators while our TCE Zvimba project boasts of 75 percent women working as passionates.Another example of how DAPP Zimbabwe is empowering women is through enrolling women in Farmers clubs projects that has seen families increase household incomes and nutritional diversity.
In an interview with one of the Project Leaders for the Capacity Building and Training Centre Epiphania Zvavamwe said, "This day has a special meaning for all women and as we celebrate we must not forget there is still a lot that needs to be done to achieve total emancipation of women from the hardships of today's society." She said many women in rural areas have difficulty accessing water, health and other basic services, walking long distance to access these services. She challenged women project leaders to take it upon themselves to influence policies that bring about the changes that contribute to the uplifting of the women’s lives.
Today the 8th of March DAPP Zimbabwe has organised that the international women’s Day be commemorated in all the projects with activities to recognise the contribution that women have made in these societies. In the 17 projects that DAPP Zimbabwe has in the 6 Provinces of Zimbabwe, 75 % of the driving are women, organized as activists in HOPE, passionates in TCE, Child Aid Family Coordinators in Community Development and Small holder Farmers in Farmers Clubs. DAPP has organized the women to take a lead in the fight against hunger, poverty and disease fighting shoulder by shoulder with the rest of the poor.
International Women’s Day is annually held on March 8 to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.