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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

Hon. vimbayi tsvangirayi-java-muzvare betty makoni tribute

Joining family, MDC Alliance and the nation of Zimbabwe to bid farewell to this great daughter of Zimbabwe and Africa I was so accustomed to opening my twitter and quietly follow Honorable Member of Parliament Vimbayi Tsvangirayi-Java. She posted a lot about doing good and doing it now. Every time . I read her posts on Twitter. She was solution focused. Since the day she was involved in an accident, a month ago, I have missed the power in this woman. She had a presence amongst all strong women tweeting in our Zimbabwean circles.
Many people have asked if ever I met Hon Vimbayi. I said I did not have to. Vimbayi was the trust staying in our hearts. She was confidence that a daughter could take her father’s legacy forward. She was an MP for Glen View South Constituency. She was the voice. She was inspiration to many young women who saw her rise to be Member of Parliament. Her networks had grown and her dreams and aspirations had shaped.
Born the first daughter of Dr Morgan Tsvangirayi and Mai Tsvangirayi, she pursued her education in Zimbabwe and Australia. She was a graduate of Castle University in Australia. You could tell from her writings that she applied her Bachelor of Development studies and urban and regional planning to improving lives. The time like this is a trigger. I lost my mother when she was five years younger than Hon Vimbayi. This is age when one reaches their direction in life. This is the age where those around you know that you are fine even after such a fatal accident. No wonder we relaxed and thought you would be back. We missed an opportunity to say all this when you lived and stood for Zimbabweans.
And so adorable. You died on a journey of those working hard for Zimbabwe to be better. And hopefully your death gives Zimbabweans that rare chance to reflect on what exactly we should do. Your death though physical, you left many Zimbabweans trapped in death of their souls, minds and everything that they are. I recall a woman who screamed for support via my Whats app. I wept. But you the bold that I know, you spoke out in parliament. You encouraged peace.
So, Hon Vimbayi, your name says it all. Your name says , ogh well only trust and believe change will come one day. And then you rest. Look after your beloved husband, sisters, brothers, Zimbabwe, relatives and us we are mourning from afar. The last two days have been the most shocking and painful. Pain, anger and depression just made dull what we thought was the future. You are an angel. Smile on and on. They say angels smile and go. Goodbye.

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?