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Gender programmes lack funding-ZCC


Brilliant Mukaro

MASVINGO-Programmes addressing Gender Inequality and Gender Based Violence (GBV) are failing to make a lasting impact because they are underfunded, a study by the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) has reviewed.
This came out during a review of the Food Assistance and Complementary Livelihood Support Program held at Chevron, a Regency Group Hotel on Wednesday.
ZCC Masvingo Provincial Coordinator Tawanda Mafuta, Gutu District Development Coordinators (DDC) Chiedza Tafirei and Ministry of Women Affairs Small and Medium Enterprises and Community Development District Development Officer Conrad Gwature attended the review meeting.
The three-tier project was held over six months in Gutu wards 15 and 16 from October 2022 to April 2023.
Tafirei said wards 15 and 16 in the Bhasera and Muchekayaora areas are prone to hunger and record the highest number of GBV cases in Gutu.
The program concluded that gender programmes are underfunded and fail to make a lasting impact on society.
Gwature agreed with the project results and recommendations and urged Government to disburse enough money for gender programs.
“We believe that gender directly affects economic growth and must be taken seriously in Gutu. Cultural beliefs remain an impediment to gender parity. We wish that gender matters are given enough funding so that interventions to educate communities to achieve the best results,” said Gwature.
The project saw 7 440 beneficiaries receiving 10kg mealie meal, 2kg beans, and 750 ml cooking oil monthly. The villagers also received training on poultry production, disease control and making animal pens. The third stage involved 150 villagers receiving chickens and training on gender and child protection.
Tafirei added that the areas with cultural practices that hamper gender parity applauded ZCC for assisting the villagers.
“I am grateful to ZCC for the food assistance project because wards 15 and 16 are prone to hunger.
“The gender training project was aptly positioned because the area has high numbers of GBV cases and generally has cultural practices that hamper gender parity,” said Tafirei.

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