This is a letter to you, ‘TRIBALISM’
You are a monster that is always lurking around waiting for innocent blood to be shed
You inspire hate speech, anger, no love at all and that is bad
Why have you chosen my country to be your haven?
Why have you decided to reignite the flames that were quenched by the Unity Accord?
You have divided the society into tribal groups
Tribal groups that loath each other over Gukurahundi
Where can we get a cure for you?
You are surely a pain in the heart
You have torn apart the fabric of Unity that binds people together
Should we watch you go on as you please?
Or should we throw you down to the ground and trod you together with our feet
We are going to stand together as a Nation not Tribes
This is the time to rebuild,
A time to recreate and cementing relations that transcends all racial/tribal backgrounds
There is a need to create a united environment for students, youths so that they don’t operate under ‘Tribal Basis’ but rather as one people.
Students and Youths are our future leaders,
Let us not let them grow up to be the leaders that were socialized under ‘Tribalism’
For how long are we going to keep quiet like there is no ‘Tribalism?’
Let us unite and be one people, that way we can say NO TO TRIBALISM and YES TO COOPERATION and EQUAL DISTRIBUTION OF RESOURCES.
DID YOU KNOW
Section 80(1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides the rights and protection of women. This part of the constitution states that every woman has full and equal dignity of the person with men and this includes opportunities in political, economic and social activities.(3) states that all laws, customs, traditions and cultural practices that infringe the rights of women conferred by the Constitution are void to the extent of infringement.
"It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals." – Emma Watson
SCMZ joins the rest of the world in commemorating 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence.16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.
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Our Peaceful Zimbabwe
“The Lord gives strength to his people, the Lord blesses his people with peace”
Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and Savior. One of SCMZ’s fundamental and core thematic areas is centered on peace building and conflict resolution. Without any doubt this area was challenged by the recent political environment which marred Zimbabwe since Friday last week. The heavy presence of military tanks in designated areas in the central business district sent cold chills through the spines of many citizens who were not fully aware of what exactly was going on. Speculation on whether Zimbabwe was now under a coup rule by the military or whether the tanks were there to maintain peace where questions raised by many people who watched from a safe distance as armed soldiers stood next to the tanks. The world was abuzz with what was happening in Zimbabwe as this had never happened and it seemed like it was the dawning of a new era in this country. In essence most coups in Africa are characterized by destruction of shopping malls, violence amongst the military and citizens, burning of tyres and civil unrest however Zimbabweans had their own definition of the so called ‘coup’.
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Celebrating International Day of the Girl Child
‘Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies…Strength and honor are her clothing and she hall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom and in her tongue is the law of kindness’ Proverbs 31 vs 10, 25-26
The Student Christian Movement of Zimbabwe joins the rest of the world in commemorating the International Day of the Girl Child. The IDG is a day observed annually and the day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights In various societies, women experience many forms of discrimination in the cultural, legal, political, economic, religious, and social spheres. Women and young girls are challenged to fight against the traditional sociocultural impediments which give them no rights over their own right to live. In Africa, cultural and societal norms determine what the girl or boy should or should not do at the various stages of their lives; which norms affect their way of living, schooling and behavior and in most cases it is the girl who is affected right from her early ages, expected to engage in household chores like caring for the sick, collecting water, tilling the land which activities affect her ability to attend school and also be a “child” because of the fact, that the society expects her to be a responsible “woman”, while on the other hand, the boy has the freedom to go to school, play and be a normal child, as in accordance with the cultural beliefs, where a boy is not expected to be involved in any house chores, but to be socialized and be the head of the family.
However the girl child as emerged victorious in spite of the challenges she has experienced. We have successful and powerful female leaders, doctors, attorneys, engineers, quantity surveyors, teachers, nurses, investment bankers, chartered accountants, judiciary judges the list is endless. They have fought the discrimination against the girl child with sheer determination and persistence. They have challenged the status quo on what they should benefit and firmly stood their ground in issues that affect them. The girl child now has power and that power lies in her voice. The same voice that she uses a mother in a household is the same voice that makes her stand out as an executive corporate. The girl child has endured countless abuses but still she rises.
On this day as SCMZ we take pride in celebrating the successes of our members who have excelled against all odds!
Quality education matters...
‘The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one’ – Malcolm Forbes
It sounds cliché when one speaks of education being the key to success and achievement, however in reality this saying holds a lot of water. Education stimulates and provokes a person’s intellectual capabilities and challenges one to make the best out of themselves. Zimbabwe is well known for having the highest literacy levels and producing most acclaimed intellectuals. This speaks volumes because it shows that the Zimbabwean education system is committed to not only ensuring all citizens are educated but they receive quality education.
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