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Muzvare Betty Makoni (BA Gen, BA Special Hons,Msc pending) is CNN Hero 2009 for Protecting the Powerless, where she was honoured by Nicole Kidman. She has 50 global awards for innovation, commitment and passion for her work to protect over 350,000 girls in Zimbabwe over a decade. United Nations Red Ribbon award honoured Betty Makoni and Girl Child Network as having the most innovative strategy for gender equality. Muzvare Betty Makoni is an Ashoka Fellow and singled out as one of the investors in poor and marginalised women and girls deserving of this life honour as a fellow. News Week named Betty as one of the 150 women who shake the world, alongside US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. An Honorary Decade Child Rights Hero award (2011) that Betty Makoni received alongside President Nelson Mandela, who won the award, also shows the impact Betty Makoni has made globally. Muzvare Betty Makoni has inspired millions around the world to replicate the Girl Child Empowerment Model that she developed. Besides her work with Girl Child Network Worldwide and building many Girl Child Networks in Africa and throughout the world, Betty Makoni is a mentor, coach, and trainer for women and girls who want to do similar work. Muzvare Betty Makoni has a lifetime of volunteerism and service to many causes and has served on Oxfam Novib and UNAIDS Round Tables. She sits on many boards of high profile organisations like RESTORED UK and serves as Ambassador and Patron of Africa Achievers Award and Zimbabwe Achievers Awards. She is a published author of a poetry book, A woman, Once A Girl: Breaking Silence, which was recently launched in London. Muzvare Betty is featured in best-selling books including Women Who Light the Dark by Paola Gianturco, On The Up by Nikki and Rob Wilson, as well as main subject in the award winning documentary, Tapestries of Hope, by U.S. Independent Presidential Hopeful for 2012, Michealene Risley. The Girl Child Network Empowerment Model which she started in 1998 has been singled out as Best Practice and included in University of Essex Journal for Human Rights 2010. Due to the high demand for Muzvare Betty Makoni to speak, mentor and coach girls and women round the world , she has responded by setting up a social enterprise Muzvare Betty Makoni Empowerment Initiative in UK where she offers consultancy services to organisations, schools, churches and families challenged in any way about girls . Many people book Muzvare Betty Makoni as a motivational speaker and this enables her to offer a service whilst at the same fundraising for her work in Zimbabwe and some parts of Africa. If at any stage you want Muzvare Betty Makoni to come speak, mentor or coach girls or women or if you want some of her team members she personally trained to come do this , don’t hesitate to email her direct on muzvare@gmail.com

Sport platform for Zimbabwean women launched

Rarely do we get news like this from women. But when such news is with us then we are the from to share. A great platform for women has been launched. Here is Grace Chirumuhanzu to give you all the details of the first ever unique platform for women and girls to encourage breaking into this male dominates field. Email Grace for more details on gracevc@gmail.com Below message from Grace Chirumuhanzu Facebook page I am very grateful to everyone who supported the inaugural Sports Queen Awards we hosted on International Women’s Day.
A dream come true to Zimbabwean women in sport. A platform that was really needed. I wanted it big, but l realised for the big dream to be a reality l needed to start small. The vibe in the room, the excitement and the feedback tells me that, the small start was never small in the hearts of these Champions. Many thanks to those who made it to the Awards, a celebration of women in sport. Many thanks to everyone who contributed financially and in kind.
It is my hope that the corporate world in Zimbabwe and Africa will be convinced that this is a great event worth investing in. Get in touch and be part of next year’s event. Let’s plan now. Be part of this history.

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Are zimbabwe ‘s babies and toddlers in prison?

Last week, I saw the youngest Member of Parliament in Zimbabwe, Joana Mamombe being whisked into prison. Her crime was that she organised the wear the black campaign against fuel hikes. She waved her hand.
What was peculiar about this picture was a mother holding a baby in her arms. Like millions around the world, I wondered what crime this baby must have committed. I was left a question. Amid the political, economic and social turmoil in Zimbabwe, are babies being imprisoned? The Children’s Act 2002 in Zimbabwe, forbids children to be in Police cells. But why was this baby in prison?

Ms Meghan Markle is not 3000 years older-just a peer and 3 years older

Excuse me Ms Markle is not 3000 years older. She is only 3 years older. Not even 3 centuries or 3 decades. Just 3 years hey!!! Come on, why persecute women over such simple matters and in societies considered a bit civilised and past prejudices like?

There appears to be repeated messages in news articles about age of Ms Markle and Prince Harry. The way this is emphasised and unnecessarily repeated points to subtle sexism. Where I come from, women who married younger husbands even by one day were never forgiven. One day older or or any  number older or even same age is never forgiven. Society is age biased against women. But should women move around with birth certificates in their handbags to show their age when men approach them for love?We have many lessons to learn about high profile love of Prince Harry and Ms Markle. In a practical way they destereotyped age and race when it comes to marriage. They know those extra layers are not necessary as their hearts and minds are very busy on each other.  They teach that love and marriage are ageless and can be done by anyone and anywhere in the world.

My article targets those adamant a woman should be younger in marriage. I want to challenge them on gender stereotype and risk they pose in society if they dont challenge their misconceptions. Journalists in particular need gender mainstreamed in their training and work to avoid gender stereotype like this. It is becoming worse and society must challenge this. I thought it was my own culture with such a harmful cultural belief until google presented me news articles in their thousands attacking Ms Markle directly and indirectly.You read a news article that states that Meghan 36 and Prince Harry 33.You go to next paragraph and again you read Meghan 36 and Prince Harry 33. Then 7 more paragraphs repeat the same Meghan 36 and Prince Harry 33. To be honest, is 3 years age difference especially when a woman is older in marriage anything to worry about like this? Kids with a 3 years age difference can play together in school and at home. Am siblings with my brothers and sisters who are 3 years younger and people often get mistaken who is older.

There are millions of 13 year olds girls in this world forced to marry 70 year old men who deserve to be supported by media campaigns. Noone repeats such huge age difference in any newspaper. It is not news. Why is it not an issue if husband is older? Why is it permissible for men to be older in marriage.Gender stereotype is very bad. It is no longer news to anyone that Meghan is 36 and Prince Harry 33. We must wait for their birthdays. 3 years difference is not like 3000 years.She is vibrant and youthful just like her fiance. Lets stop persecuting a woman who found love with their lovely Prince

Sexism can  be subtle and it attacks a woman again and again.It attacks her age. It attacks her gender.It attacks her looks. It attacks her dressing. It is perfectly normal to have a friend younger or older. You dont need birth certificates when falling in love.Love is ageless and raceless.