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Week 11: Gender

Challenge Question: 

Gender issues permeate each of the challenges to sustainable development we have considered throughout the course. For your location, describe the range of gender issues and briefly sketch your vision for a holistic and results-oriented approach to greater gender equality in the region, including both service delivery and advocacy. What are the management practices you would focus on to achieve impact? Be sure to list some organizations and individuals in your location with whom you could partner to achieve greatest results.”


The issues related to gender in Zimbabwe are often not entirely different from those affecting the entire population; however, many of the issues affecting the entire population can have larger effects on women and girls in Zimbabwe. AIDS, for example, has hit the entire population. It is often the women of this country that are the most affected; rural women constitute the highest transmission figures. The poor general economic performance affects women the most; they are the most of out work and have less of chance to access it again. Similarly, the disappointing decline in quality and quantity of students attending any education can be seen in affected rates of girls attending schools. Other issues, such as domestic and sexual abuse amongst displaced and orphaned girls, arising from the AIDS epidemic are also important to note. 

In order to address these issues, the central issues of education and welfare need to be re-emphasized. In the education sector, a new “gender-sensitive” curriculum needs to be introduced. Included in this will be education regarding religious and cultural norms, and women’s role within these areas. Regarding health and social services, women’s issues regarding health and abuse must be a priority, as does any welfare support that is extended by the state. Female participation in parliamentary and local politics must also be emphasized by parties themselves.

As recommended by UN Women, organizations working within gender equality should seek to work with the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture, the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED), CHIPAWO (formerly the Children's Performing Arts Workshop), Forum for African Women Educationalists Zimbabwe Chapter (FAWEZI), the Girl-Child Network, Misasa Plan International, UNESCO, and national female politicians.[1]