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.
Read more: Quality education matters...
Youth Participation on Sustainability and Climate Change...
Deuteronomy 20 vs 19
19 When you lay siege to a city for a long time, fighting against it to capture it, do not destroy its trees by putting an ax to them, because you can eat their fruit. Do not cut them down. Are the trees people, that you should besiege them?
Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. The question many people ask is who is responsible for climate change and why we should be concerned with it when those responsible for climate change seem to be increasing their damage to the environment.
Read more: Youth Participation on Sustainability and Climate Change
Targeted Persecution of Human Rights Defenders in Zimbabwe
Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.The Student Christian Movement of Zimbabwe (SCMZ) condemns the sustained and escalating assault of human rights defenders in Zimbabwe ahead of the 2018 harmonized elections. It has become a reality that electoral periods in Zimbabwe have become associated with unlawful arrests of human rights defenders as the state tries to clump down on the activities of human rights defenders in order to silence their voices. Constitutionalism remains elusive as government officials continue to violate the constitution through acts of commission and omission with impunity while the ordeals of human rights defenders have not abated. Arbitrary arrests, torture, abduction and detention of people who champion human rights continue after the adoption of a new constitution which expanded civil liberties.
Read more: SCMZ Shuns Political Violence
SCMZ is currently carrying out Orientation in various tertiary institutions in Zimbabwe,recruiting new members to the movement.
Every year on Sept 21, the United Nations and people all around the world celebrate the International Day of Peace. This year’s celebration supports the push towards world peace with the 2016 theme, “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.”
Peace means so much more than an absence of war. More ordinary conflicts arise from disputes with family, colleagues and neighbors and these disturb our sense of peace. Making peace with one person today, even if it is just with yourself, is a fitting way to mark the day. Light a candle, reflect, forgive and enjoy being tranquil.
There are plenty of ways to promote peace to recognize the global event. We the young people have witnessed our fellow youths as active volunteers who have been a big part of the building blocks and critical means of implementation for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This has been witnessed by the peaceful demonstrations (particularly the national shutdowns) that took place a month ago in Zimbabwe. We therefore encourage each and every one of us as volunteers, having the capability to foster peace in our own capacities to continue being active peaceful citizens. Hence, the achievement of sustainable peaceful societies.
The 70th anniversary year of the United Nations saw bold new agreements from member states to “foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence” and to “bring sustained international attention to sustaining peace”, in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustaining Peace resolutions A/RES/70/262 and S/RES/2282 respectively. Spurred by multiple global challenges, a new emphasis on peace building and the prevention of violent conflict has also been evident in UN deliberations in a wide variety of other contexts, including humanitarian action, disaster relief, displacement, climate change action, preventing violent extremism, peacekeeping, and support for human rights, including social and economic rights.
While calls for greater attention to peace building and prevention are not new, together, these actions comprise a fresh and universal normative framework, one that seeks peace, justice and inclusion in all countries and at all levels, and a reinvigorated UN mandate for peace as a core principle across the UN system.
In honor of this year’s International Day of Peace as Student Christian Movement of Zimbabwe (SCMZ) we challenge our government to take this new high level commitment and make it real, to affirm and mainstream its principles, implement its ideas here in Zimbabwe and not just on paper and fully fund the actions it requires. As an organization devoted to the building of peace in Zimbabwe, we kindly plead to our government to commit to creating peaceful socio, economic and political environments for Zimbabweans particularly young people.
We call on government as well as the international community to take these steps:
• Mainstream peace policy: the 2030 Agenda has affirmed that peace and development are mutually dependent. This core concept now needs to be more broadly embedded in UN policy processes, including those focused on development (such as the upcoming QCPR negotiations), humanitarian action (including the summit on Refugees and Migrants as well as follow-up to the WHS and the Agenda for Humanity) and peacekeeping. The UN will only be able to deliver on sustaining peace when its security, human rights and development pillars come together.
• Implement peace at home: all countries have now committed to becoming more peaceful, just and inclusive as part of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. We encourage Heads of State and Government to highlight their efforts in this regard during the upcoming General Debate, and for national plans and reporting for the SDGs to give appropriate weight to the issues of peace as one of the five ‘areas of critical importance’ identified by member states last September
• Foster peace around the world: the 2030 Agenda calls for more supportive, protective and equitable global governance. Accordingly, we call for decisions at a global level, whether in relation to trade, transnational crime, irresponsible arms flows, tax policy, or peace and security (including terrorism), to be taken in a way that prioritizes local long term needs and perspectives, uses ‘do no harm’ principles, and supports the long term peace, justice and inclusion of the many, rather than the short term priorities of the few.
• Support funding for peace: the new commitment of member states to peacebuilding and prevention now needs to be evidenced in a significant increase in strategic, long-term, local, bi-lateral and multilateral funding.
• Protect and support civil society inclusion: the inclusion of civil society, including youth and women’s groups, is critical to promoting peace everywhere, at all levels. Yet around the world, governments are moving in the opposite direction, imposing onerous restrictions on the ability of civil society groups to be effective, speak out and access funding.
Let peace prevail among us............Blessed are the peacemakers
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