Category Archives: Dynamic Women`s Movement -UK

Former Chitungwiza Ghetto girls mobilising to support hospital-Vasikana VeChitungwiza in Diaspora

Many turn their backs on places and people who brought them up especially if they are shanty and problems there seem endless. Not Linda Kute and other former Chitungwiza Ghetto girls. She recently formed an organisation called Vasikana VeChitungwiza in the Diaspora. She is now determined to mobilise all women and girls who were bred and brought up in Chitungwiza.

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I attended her first meeting at Holiday Inn express in Dustable on 1 October 2016. What struck me was her determination and passion  to establish  a  charity that could serve the  Chitungwiza community in UK and back home. The  Chitungwiza General Hospital was the first proposed  project. Speaker after speaker shared passionately about  how they saw the hospital being built when they were still young and how it had saved lives of many people who could not afford private hospitals. They also expressed concerns on lack of drugs, modern equipment, blankets and basics like baby milk. The meeting had great outcomes especially for the sick and frail in the city.  The outcomes of  the meeting were as follows

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  1. The attendees discussed how they would use resources available to buy syringes, milk bottles for babies whose mothers died during birth. A  story was shared by Evangelist Kalonga who   said that during her most recent visit to the hospital learnt about   a newly born baby whose mother died during birth and now to be taken to rural areas to be looked after by her grandmother. No viability assessment was done as there are no human and financial resources to do so. The child would need to feed on milk until such a time she could take more solid food. The attendees agreed that since the issue of feeding bottles and baby milk was more urgent based on what staff at the hospital said, some funds donated would be channeled towards purchase of  baby milk and bottles for the babies. Each tin of baby milk costs US$8 per month and none of the women or their families could afford this.
  2. It was agreed that those who wished to donate would do so. However, funds would be used based on needs of women and children at the children. The situation of women  who cannot afford to buy medication and pay for their treatment was agreed to be the most urgent priority. Therefore, the first project in future would be focused on the maternity ward.
  3. The project would go on a massive recruitment of former Chitungwiza girls and be headquartered in Luton. All meeting attendees agreed to establish a local organisation to bring all of them together. It was agreed that capacity building of members in leadership and fundraising would go a long way in strengthening the women in UK and Zimbabwe.
  4. Grant plan would see the project grow and approach some bigger donors in future. It was strongly felt that for now, more advocacy was necessary to ensure there is an awareness in UK on plight of women and children using Chitungwiza hospital. Therefore Linda and her team agreed to work closely with all organisations supporting Zimbabwe projects.

The meeting attendees were inspiring. Their commitment to come together was amazing. Two of the attendees travelled all the way from Leeds.

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A T-shirt has been launched and is available for sale  to help in fundraising efforts. See Ms Barbara Chinyani.

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Donations are welcome and please donate to Vasikana VeChitungwiza Account Number 03923851 and Sort Code is 20-45-45, Barclays Bank.

For more details please contact Linda Kute on all social media and on her personal email daisonlinda@gmail.com

Your Story Matters Event in London- About meeting Ash White

I get the honour to be invited to speak at many events in UK and worldwide.  Your Story Matterswww.yourstorymatters.com  Speaking Event as in the flier below was just a unique event for me.

I met women of substance  at Your Story matters on 24 September 2016, who shared inspiring stories and one of them was Ash White. Did you hear what she thought about me? Below is her story and hope it inspires you. I was inspired by Ash`s story too.

 Ash just reminded me to make it urgent to meet women like her. I have assisted thousands of women and girls all my life and what Ash wrote as a testimony on my speech let me wanting to inspire more. Thank you Ash. Please enjoy the story below by none other than her:

I have never met anybody like Muzvare-Princess Betty Makoni before. What a precious jewel! This was my first speaking engagement and I was mind blown that I got to speak alongside women so influential! I never imagined that the Lord would open such a door so soon! Thank you again Rhoda Harriet Khataba

Muzvare explained about when she received the official royal title of Muzvare and that it means ‘Her Royal Highness-The Princess’. She explained that when you address her as Muzvare you address the whole community including her husband who people tend to forget about as he is not in the spotlight. What a beautiful display of honour!

This lady is a world renowned gender activist and her STORY will have you in tears!! She became an orphan at 8 or 9 after her mother was beaten to death so she became the parent to her 6 siblings straight away. What a strong woman, a phenomenal woman phenomenally. There is so much more to Muzvare’s inspiring story than what I have said so please look her up and check out her 600 page book ‘Never Again’.

Of all the things that Muzvare said that blessed me yesterday there are 2 things she DID that ministered to me personally:

1. She cried- When she broke down talking about how her young brother was drowned. I cried too and felt further release from my own pain. I was always told I was too sensitive when I was younger and to see such a pillar of strength break down in tears moved me so much and gave me permission to cry also.

2. She affirmed me!! Muzvare took notes on all of the speakers and had a message for all of us individually and she said to me ‘My sister, we believe you’. All I could say was ‘thank you’ while tears streamed down my face.

You don’t know how much I wanted to be believed for years, always felt I had to fight to be heard while the truths of my life were hidden.

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All the speakers stories left me with something but Muzvare…I really was in the presence of royalty and could feel it from when she first walked into the room.

African Women in Europe historical Empowerment Conference in Germany

The African Women in Europe (AWE) Conference is one of the projects run by the main organisation African Women in Europe (AWE) Network which was founded in 2008 by Joy Zenz and Co-Founder Wambui Njau, and has over the years grown to a membership of over 1000+ African Women and a global reach. The women support, encourage and inspire each other while investing both in Europe and in Africa in support of African economic development.

AWE has support from mainstream organizations and key individuals from across the spectrum who believe in the importance of African women’s engagement with African economic development.

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AWE`s main event  is the annual meetings held in the main European cities like  Rome, Madrid, Paris, Berlin and  London.  Over 400 women all over Europe  attended the event held in Geneva for a Conference and AWE award ceremony. These meetings have now grown and culminate in their  flagship event, the high-profile African Women in Europe Conference and for which there has  overwhelming support.

Objectives and Aims:

To empower African women,  support upcoming and existing entrepreneurs,  positively reflect the image of an African woman in Europe,  offer an informative and easy to manage networking platform, connect and form sustainable partnership among members ,  offer training, conferences and workshop online and off-line.

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The last event was a conference and glamorous award ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland on 20 June 2015. The theme of the conference was “Leadership and Honouring Women’s Rights.” For more info about past AWE Award events visit http://aweawards.africanwomenineurope.eu/

AWE Conference theme for this year is “LEADERSHIP AND INTERGRATION FOR CHANGE”. The deadline for registration is 15th July 2016 and women and men are invited. There is  also  a youth programme led by under 25 year olds who will be talking about identity crisis for youth in Europe. The conference will have a powerhouse of speakers, entertainers and networking, finishing off with three course dinner and dance.

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Women are the cornerstone of society and AWE embodies the African saying “If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.” Proof of this is AWE  membership and  achievements both public and private.

Join in and be inspired, learn and contribute. AWE Motto is “TOGETHER WE ARE STRONG”!

Entertainment from DJ Aisher, Fashion show Oriwo-Design and music entertainment by a professional Goddiebass on SAX.

For more information to be a member visit our website http://africanwomenineurope.eu/ or email us

info@africanwmenineurope.eu

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