International Women's Day
“She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future” Proverbs 31 vs25
The Student Christian Movement of Zimbabwe joins the rest of the world in commemorating International Women’s Day (IWD) under the theme Balance for Better. International Women’s Day is observed on March 8 every year. Historically, the Women’s Day was born from the International Socialist Women’s Conference of 1910. It was agreed that a “Women’s Day” was to be held annually in celebrating social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. A call to action from the statues of Women Day was the accelerating gender equality. After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in1917, March 8 became a Russian national holiday. The day was then predominantly celebrated by the Socialist Movement and Communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations and by 1980, 64 countries had signed and ratified the charter. To date, 185 countries have signed and ratified the CEDAW and UN Charter.
As Student Christian Movement of Zimbabwe (SCMZ) we are currently and will continue working with women, focusing on empowerment and achieving gender balance as our calling. We believe that achieving gender balance is a responsibility for humanity where both men and women have got roles to play in achieving gender balance. As SCMZ, we will strive for the emancipation of women in attaining fair representation in decision making position, access to opportunities, resources and having control over their bodies in Public Spaces. We are calling for the equal participation and equal opportunities for both men and women. We are looking forward to that day when women will participate in developmental issues together with their male counterparts instead of operating in predefined menial roles.
We applaud the Zimbabwean government for having a constitution that inclusionary amplifies the voice of women. A Gender Policy and a Gender Commission was set as an avenue that stands for Women Empowerment. We also promise as SCMZ to fully participate in international programmes, major international instruments and protocols related to gender issues and emancipation of women.
Happy International Women’s Day
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