Category: Gender Updates

International Women’s Day

March 8 is observed as International Women’s Day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women from all around the world. The day also focuses on a call to action for accelerating gender parity and setting agendas and goals in achieving these targets.
Happy Women ‘s day Masvingo Women!

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Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is “where any form of unwanted verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature occurs, with the purpose or effect of violating the dignity of a person, in particular when creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment”.

City of Masvingo has adopted a sexual harassment policy to cub sexual harassment issues. Report any issues of sexual harassment to the gender desk.

+263 713 869 223


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16 Days of Activism Commemorations

On the 6th of December 2022 City of Masvingo commemorated the 16 days of Activism at the Civic Centre Hall. The event was commemorated under the theme, All Lives Matter, End Gender Based Violence Now!
The event was well attended with Faith Based Organization and Non-Governmental Organizations also taking part. The event was graced by the DDC, Acting Town Clerk, Councilors and Junior Councilors.
It was highlighted that Zimbabwe had come up with a plan of coordinating a mechanism to eliminate child marriages and teenage pregnancies which are on the rise. Hence Council was commended for commemorating the even against GBV and Child marriage.

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Helplines for Gender-Based Violence

1. National Gender-Based Violence Call Center: 575
2. Zimbabwe Republic Police Victim Friendly Unit: 08080544 Econet/ 08010149 Netone/ 0735342874 Telecel only
3. Childline Zimbabwe: 116/0719116116/0732116116 WApp
4. MUSASA: 08080074 Econet/08010074 Netone/0731080072-4 Telecel Only
5. Adult Rape Clinic: 08080472 Econet Only
6. Zimbabwe Women’s Lawyers Association (ZWLA): 08080131 Econet only
7. Women and Law in Southern Africa-ZIM (WLSA)-08080479 Econet only
8. Contact Family Counseling Centre: 08010186/08010187 Netone only/ 0719528158-9 WApp Only
9. Amari Health and Wellness: 0719418176/0771188672
10. Family AIDS Caring Trust: 08080483
11. Family Support Trust: 08080501
12. Legal Resources Foundation: 08080402 Econet only
13. Justice for Children: 08080521/08080520/08080507 Econet only
14. Leonard Cheshire Disability Zimbabwe: 08080522 Econet Only
15. Min of Pri and Sec Education (MoPSE): 317
16. Padare/Enkundleni/Men’s forum on gender: 077330 2592

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16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence

As City of Masvingo we take part with the rest of the World in commemorating the 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence. The commemorations begin on the 25th of November and ends on the 10th of December. The theme for the year 2022 is, “All lives matter: End Gender Based Violence now.” During the same period, we celebrate the World Aids Day on the 1st of December with the global theme, “Putting Ourselves to the Test: Achieving Equity to End HIV.” The Ministry of Health and Child Care also participates under the mantra, “Ending HIV/AIDS by 2030.” As we come to the end on the 10th of December we commemorate the Human rights day with the theme, “Dignity, Freedom and Justice for all.” As City of Masvingo we say zero tolerance to GBV. ALL LIVES MATTER


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Masvingo City Council scopes the Gender Responsive Budget award and the Centers of Excellence Bronze award.

The Zimbabwe Gender Summit whose thematic focus was on Gender Responsive Budgeting was held from 17 – 18 November 2022. All Local authorities in Zimbabwe show cased their best practices in Local Government Institutional Centre of Excellence and Gender Responsive Budgeting. Gender Links in partnership with the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works will also launch the gender responsive budgeting toolkit for local government at the summit.

Masvingo City Council made history for being the first Local Authority in Zimbabwe to scope the Gender Responsive Budget award and the Centers of Excellence Bronze award.

The award ceremony was presented by the Minister of Local Government and Public Works, Minister, Hon. July. G. Moyo.

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