Blogs

On this page we present blogs that have been written about WAP’s work by our team in Zimbabwe and our partner in Washington, The Advocacy Project.

COVID-19 hits Zimbabwe – and how we are responding

Corona Virus pandemic has left Zimbabwe in an extremely difficult situation. As of end March to date, the number of infections and deaths from the pandemic remains low – 617 confirmed cases and 7 deaths- compared to many other nations that have seen higher infection and death rate  https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/zimbabwe/-. President E. Munangagwa announced a 21-day lockdown which began on 30 … Continue reading COVID-19 hits Zimbabwe – and how we are responding

Strengthening Poor Young Girls and Single Mothers by Empowering them to Make and Sell Soap

Young women and girls in Zimbabwe remain vulnerable to poverty and food insecurity at household level because they are dis-empowered socially and economically, hence the prevalence of child marriage particularly with girls, due to the cultural pressures &expectations put on them. The Women Advocacy Project is very grateful to Action for World Solidarity (ASW – … Continue reading Strengthening Poor Young Girls and Single Mothers by Empowering them to Make and Sell Soap

Putting Needle to Cloth

As you may have previously read, one of my projects this summer has been to work with WAP to produce embroidery squares for a child marriage advocacy quilt which will be used to spread awareness about child marriage and girls’ empowerment in Zimbabwe. Twelve of WAP’s beneficiaries were selected to participate in the quilting project … Continue reading Putting Needle to Cloth

Attributing Outcomes

It is clear that the ultimate goals of WAP’s “Give Us Books Not Husbands” clubs lead by the Ambassadors Against Child Marriage are to 1) educate and empower girls and 2) prevent girls from getting married. WAP has been grateful to find that so far since the clubs began operating in January 2019, none of … Continue reading Attributing Outcomes

Victimization vs. Empowerment – using embroidery to share powerful stories

Storytelling is a powerful method of spreading knowledge and presenting different sides of an issue. However, there is a challenge when sharing peoples’ stories – particularly those who have been through terrible things – to ensure they are not being exploited or misrepresented. Sharing images and personal stories of people who have been through hardship … Continue reading Victimization vs. Empowerment – using embroidery to share powerful stories

Girls’ Education in Zimbabwe

Sixteen-year-old Rose loves reading. When the Woman Advocacy Project (WAP) met her last June in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe, she was in the middle of a novel from her favorite series, The Hardy Boys. Rose dropped out of school last year because her family was unable to afford her school fees, which amount to roughly $150 per term, including … Continue reading Girls’ Education in Zimbabwe

Abigail’s Story

Abigail is soft-spoken but carries herself with a quiet authority far beyond her eighteen years. When we first met at her secondary school in Harare, Abigail was laughing and joking with her friends in between classes. She seemed carefree; she stood out from her peers only in her thoughtfulness and her pointed contributions to class … Continue reading Abigail’s Story

Girls to the Front: Mentorship to Fight Child Marriage

  In June 2018, Girls Not Brides, the international coalition of 1000 organizations working to end child marriage, held their second Global Meeting in Kuala Lumpur. Over the course of a three-day conference, 500 activists (representing 70 countries) presented their work, shared the lessons that they had learned in their endeavors, and discussed strategies to … Continue reading Girls to the Front: Mentorship to Fight Child Marriage

Child Marriage and Religion in Zimbabwe

  When Evelyn was thirteen years old, her brother became seriously ill and she went to her village’s Apostolic church to seek help from one of its spiritual healers. The African Apostolic Church mixes evangelical Christian beliefs with traditional culture and has over a million followers in Zimbabwe. Colloquially, it is called the “White Garment … Continue reading Child Marriage and Religion in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s Economic Crisis

  Walk through Harare’s tourist markets today and you’ll see baskets full of million-dollar Zimbabwean bills being sold as souvenirs.   Zimbabwe is often cited as a textbook example of hyperinflated currency. In the late 2000s, prices on Zimbabwean goods doubled every 24 hours and monthly inflation peaked at 7.9 billion percent. There was no food … Continue reading Zimbabwe’s Economic Crisis

Lack of Sexual Health Education Drives Child Marriage

  For the past two months, The Woman Advocacy Project (WAP) has been investigating the root causes of child marriage in Zimbabwe. To date, we have conducted 136 interviews with women and girls in and around Harare and asked about their lives, their families, the challenges they face, and their hopes for the future. We have … Continue reading Lack of Sexual Health Education Drives Child Marriage

What’s the Big Deal About Child Marriage?

For the past four years, I’ve been working on projects to end child marriage both internationally and in my home country, the United States. This summer, I’m investigating the issue of child marriage in Zimbabwe and probing the distinct economic and social factors that contribute to its continued occurrence throughout the country, even though it … Continue reading What’s the Big Deal About Child Marriage?

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