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Story in HMetro Zimbabwe a fallacy-Muzvare Betty Makoni Founder

Statement by Muzvare Betty Makoni on H Metro Newspaper  of Zimbabwe false story

As Founder of Girl Child Network, I would like to inform the world that the story in HMetro Newspaper in Zimbabwe is false and as always targets my person for no apparent reason. I am based here in United Kingdom where most of my times I dedicate time to helping women and girls build girls empowerment clubs round the world. I do a lot of community work with many vulnerable girls and women.

Just a year ago some young women and men who were assisted by Girl Child Network Zimbabwe whilst I was Executive Director approached me as Founder  to support in rebuilding the leadership of the charity since the Board Secretary had allegedly  moved  to support her organisation Women Empowerment in Southern Africa(WEFSA) and unfortunately she had left many girls with no means of being assisted especially  in  transportation for those girls at risk of abuse. On 30 December 2013 I gave a grant to support a board meeting  for Girl Child Network Zimbabwe but Edinah Masanga the Board Secretary did not show up and it is alleged she locked out some of her board members and efforts to have her attend meetings failed. It is at this board meeting that a proposal was made to expand the board and put more transparent systems in place.

Since Edinah Masanga was absent and this board consisted a quorum , subsequent meetings approved that former members of Girl Child Network Zimbabwe be appointed to the board. There were initially 30 young women and men from various professions who wanted to join but after a very thorough selection process a team of six board members was put in place and approved by old board members. I then approached them with online training and I think for over a year now I have spent time and resources training this new board to run the organisation more effectively and effeciently so that girls do not call me for help but rather access services from Zimbabwe. For HMetro to call such young people thugs  and such names and yet  they  have given their time and resources to the charity by  helping so many girls  is rather unfortunate.

As Founder member of Girl Child Network Zimbabwe and as someone who is a mentor and coach to them,  I do encourage a succession plan and it is always something I do with young people so that they also lead and give back their time and resources. Noone was hired to be a thug at all. The young men and women are former members and beneficiaries who have come to give back whatever they have. By doing so  the charity cuts on  overhead costs as the charity is purely a community based voluntary  charity serving the most vulnerable girls in Zimbabwe. I therefore think given volunteer time and resources the young six professional board have given I need to mobilise support for them. The situation at the moment is such that young girls who need help still contact me on Facebook. I am very positive that if Edinah Masanga bows to truth and do handover and takeover with this team the issues being exaggerated in the HMetro Zimbabwe will evaporate. So much good work has been done and so many partners for this charity are coming on board to help.

Edinah Masanga has a bigger load with her organisation WEFSA and I had a chat with her board many times who expressed willingness to support the transition from her to young women who are giving their full time to the charity Girl Child Network Zimbabwe. The story she has complicated to HMetro is a contrast of the so many efforts by the charity to rebuild and carry the work for girls forward. As a woman leader she should do the right thing and attend all meetings and forums by these young professionals. It does her and the charity no good to abuse government media to fake stories to defame other leaders. There is a clear misrepresentation of facts and she is abusing her position as former Board Secretary and in any case it is unethical to peddle lies.

That said I also make an urgent appeal for any volunteers to help with audit and legal issues as that is what the charity needs urgently. Apparently Edinah Masanga has all 21 vehicles for the charity in her custody and none of them has been released for use by the girls. The only way to tackle this issue is to ensure she attends audit meetings going on. There is so much misinformation in her statements and a proper audit can help.

Otherwise as Founder of Girl Child Network Zimbabwe I stand by all former members and beneficiaries of the charity who are doing everything to help other girls as much as they were helped during my leadership. I for one pledge my fullest support and will do all I can to get expertise for management, governance and audit. I urge you to keep focus because a girl does not need to call UK to access a service. There are enough leaders in Zimbabwe to put this in place.

That said we are very positive that former members and beneficiaries of Girl Child Network Zimbabwe who are leaders and professionals in their own right will voluntarily come forward to offer time and their skills for the sake of many vulnerable girls in Zimbabwe. This is a very simple way of building capacity in Zimbabwe and many African countries for those who benefit or from our communities to give back and no matter how small. The past few years have shown me that Girl Child Network Zimbabwe has thousands of young women and men who support it in the country. As the Founder I am ready to support them reach their goals. Moreover through our legal team of experts soonest you will learn more of what has been happening in a more professional way.

Please note that should anyone wish to reach the new board and support them or hear their about their hard work email

Also join them on their Facebook page and send your constructive contribution to them because after all vulnerable girls need the programs and services Child Network Zimbabwe Facebook

May I  inform all that for a long time to come such women and media people will keep their defamatory stories  targeted on me but let me rest assure you that nothing of what they write will make me stop the work for girls worldwide because for the past five years since I left Zimbabwe I have worked so hard to build a strong global movement for girls. I have donated all my time and resources and so many highly respectable men and women have given so much to this global movement for girls. I do have records of our work on both successes and challenges of the charity like many others, but to be frank these are issues with good solutions. We do have brains enough to tackle everything and thanks to world of technology for we can now reach out to most of you with another side of the story. Though my personal website I will keep you updated on support that Girl Child Network Zimbabwe needs and we thank all young men and women coming on board to help. We thank legal teams and volunteer auditors helping this charity.

Disclaimer-This message was written by me Muzvare Betty Makoni in my personal capacity as Founder of Girl Child Network Zimbabwe in support of all girls

Best Selling US Author to inspire Zimbabwean girls and young women:31 August

                                   Never Again Book launch  &  Royal night Fundraiser  for Girl Child  Network in Harare, Zimbabwe.                                       

Turning Scars into Stars-A Stirring Call to Action to Empower Girls

Keynote Speaker confirmed

Keynote Speaker of best selling book not to be missed in Harare Zimbabwe. If I am to ask the best place a parent can take their child, of course to the royal event so that they get life skills and then where they know books first and babies later. Then one cannot miss inspirational and motivational speakers like Mac Kuja. It is now  confirmed and mark 31 August as important date. US45 dollars 3 course meal and a donation to a girl of your choice

4 West Road 550, Essex United Kingdom, renowned world figure and CNN Hero Muzvare Betty Makoni has just confirmed that Marie-claire Nabila Kuja, bestselling author and global speaker will deliver the keynote address at the Never Again book launch and a royal night fundraiser for girl child network .This will be held on August 31 2013 at the Jameson hotel Harare Zimbabwe in the presence of high profile women and men from around the sunshine city and beyond ,starting from 6pm till late.

Her message will be center on the theme to be stand strong and never allow sexual violence destroy their future as well as encourage the whole world to support girls education. Never Again: Not to any woman or girl again”, a theme she calls a song that should be on the lips of all women and girls worldwide.

LeahAfricaDesigner will be speaker
LeahAfricaDesigner will be speaker

During her keynote speech, she hopes to encourage the girls of Zimbabwe to magnify their potentials and not their problems and that we all can rise above any circumstance of oppression or abuse. Further, she will share a new vision of what must be done to live an authentic life instead of conforming to other peoples’ expectations of us or trying to fit in the status quo.

Marie-claire is a sought-after speaker, author and expert on self –esteem building and confidence, a nurse turned author who in 2012 after receiving a lot of rejection letters from publishers, turned to self publishing and published three books which soon climbed on Amazon Top 100 bestselling lists. Her provocative book series ignites the spirit of advocacy in readers, exploring empowerment, inspiration, bravery, peace of mind, forgiveness and hope. Through her writing, Marie-claire calls for advocacy to start from the home and at personal level.”It’s only in that way we can make peace with ourselves and learn how to accept and embrace our imperfections joyfully, completely and with pride”.

The official launch of her books and not- for- profit organization  will be held in New York on Saturday July 6th 2013 ,where there will be panel discussions with community leaders about the timely issue of bullying and it  sometimes deadly consequences on our society.

Lisa and Fayi are Program Directors
Lisa and Fayi are Program Directors

She is always very delighted to have the honor and opportunity to serve and to share a snippet of her story as a form of inspiration and empowerment. A story like hers, a girl who was once considered an outcast but is now getting much support with lots of men and women identifying with it. These are special nights to speak, reflect, fund raise, take, give, hug, network and make a difference. We must instill a new culture of love, forgiveness, peace and harmony in our lives, communities and families.

As a teenage mother and victim of bullying, Marie-claire was not fully aware that there were millions of other women and girls going through similar situations. Once she realized the staggering number of women and girls suffering from bullying and low self-esteem, her anger was evoked to fight and stop the menace, a crime that has cost the lives of so many and leave a handful with very little or no self worth. She didn’t feel emotionally scarred only for herself but for the millions of other girls who remain invisible in the rumbles of death and low self-esteem. She was determined to break her silence and inspire millions across the globe to do the same. Rejection did not enslave her nor kept her a victim of her past, thus rather than stand by and cry over it, she took a self empowerment journey and turned her scars into stars by establishing her organization and is carrying it with passion which is fast becoming an inspiration to many globally, with her messages of empowerment engraved in the pages of her books spreading throughout the world. She with her NGO is making sure the whole world joins her efforts. Her story shows survival, triumph and empowerment of an African girl who refuses to let her life be controlled by others.

About the author

Not long ago, Marie-claire Nabila Kuja, Founder and CEO of False Labels Global Inc. and author of the False Label Series, heeded to her calling and began to use her gift as an author/inspirational/motivational & transformational speaker to do the work God called her to do. She is a passionate speaker in numerous panels and workshops, primarily those devoted to the enhancement of self esteem of young girls and women throughout the world.

Her passion is to inspire, empower, encourage and motivate others to overcome any strongholds that have held them back for so long. She respects and embraces her calling as a true gift from God and is ready and willing to spread her wings throughout the world. She is a mother, a nurse, and the author of this powerful and best selling False Label Series. She is also a great blogger and blogs on inspirational and motivational topics at She is originally from the African country of Cameroon and lives in New York.

Before she became a published author, she wrote and published very inspiring and motivating articles for an online magazine called Ezine:

Her newest book projects are:

1) Women & Girls of Strength: A self –esteem workshop curriculum which will be used in schools, churches, colleges, and women’s ministries worldwide to help women and girls discover sparks of self worth in their lives.

2)Women Who Changed Africa: A ground breaking collection of biographies which is meant to showcase African women change makers worldwide, who are doing great things for the world and the African continent in particular.

She will be signing copies of her books and will also be meeting and speaking in schools (colleges,universities,churches,women’s group’s embassies etc)

Zimbabwe`s vulnerable girls want peace
Zimbabwe`s vulnerable girls want peace

Press contacts for interviews and to book your inner seat

Blessing Nyekete  or Senzeni Sikhosana 0774604403in Zimbabwe


Phone or Whatsup on

Marie-claire: 00-1804-728-9174


Muzvare Betty Makoni joins Live streamed Zimbabwe Global Election Discussion-Join Us

Aljazeera on  Zimbabwe Election Discussion   live streamed across the world. Muzvare Betty Makoni  joined  the other panellists from contesting political parties, Zanu PF and MDC. She was  in the debate as a gender activist and she  focused on what election has for women and girls. There is no way the election could have started without a global televised discussion.

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The discussion was  live on Al Jazeera  at 19:30 GMT until 20:00 GMT

Please take time to watch video above and share widely. Lets get women and girls talking as well. For a long time politics is dominated by men.