Speaking Up for Girls' Rights on the Day of the African Child
Twenty-five years ago, advocates successfully galvanized African leaders behind the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.
Why fresh data and metrics are crucial for future development goals to be met
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have galvanised governments, civil society and development partners around ending extreme poverty in all its forms.
Ban on corporal punishment opens new era for children.
The recent ruling by Justice Muremba outlawing corporal punishment on children as was previously permitted by the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act has raised a storm among the Zimbabwean populace.
All children deserve a chance in life!
Upon reading the Key Findings Report on the Living Conditions Among People with Disabilities (2013), a national survey whose results were disseminated by the Ministry of Health and Child Care on the 17th of March 2015...
Water, sanitation and hygiene: what we should aim for post-2015?
It is true – the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have helped developing countries such as Zimbabwe to achieve many tangible results especially in the fields of education and to some extent health.
Going round the fiscal bend: children cannot wait!
Fiscal policy is the budgetary stance of government. It is concerned with not only how much revenue is raised, but how it is raised and on what it is spent.
Protecting the planet for our children_the issue of Climate Change.
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children”. This Native American saying holds true today more than any other time in our history...
Hidden in plain sight: Child sexual abuse in Zimbabwe
Child sexual abuse is on the rise in Zimbabwe. With law enforcement authorities reporting that more than 100 girls are sexually abused every day in Zimbabwe...
Child offenders have rights
Children sometimes find themselves in conflict with the law having committed offences ranging from petty theft to more serious crimes such as rape and robbery.
Zimbabwe: Towards a Curriculum That Looks Beyond Academics
This week, all across the country, children donning their brand new school uniforms, some carrying their trunks, heralded the beginning of a new school year.
Time to change our negative attitudes toward Technical and Vocational Education in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe is approaching a significant point in her unique history. For the first time since 1986, the primary and secondary education curriculum is now undergoing a comprehensive review.
Urban poverty and vulnerability in Zimbabwe: Looking beyond the urban/rural divide
Urban poverty and vulnerability in Zimbabwe: Looking beyond the urban/rural divide
Children and the social protection system: Building the Zimbabwean agenda
This week Government and development partners are gathered in Gweru to develop a National Social Protection Policy Framework.
Let’s help teens with disabilities overcome challenges
Teenagers with disabilities face additional challenges to those faced by most teenagers. Apart from the difficulties all teenagers face at school and in their transition from childhood to adulthood, teenagers with disabilities face other problems related
The plight of children in farming communities…The forgotten child.
In his developmental analysis, renowned economics writer and development scholar, Michael P Todaro points out to poverty as the main impediment to development “Throughout the world people wake each morning to face a new day in very different circumstances
I am a survivor of early marriage and abuse
The plight of the girl child is one that has always invoked a deep passion within me. Not the least because I was once a victim of abuse, violence and early marriage, or that l have a daughter...
A framework for the right to a better life
Zimbabwe is about to launch the Girl’s and Young Women’s Empowerment Framework, which is the first national document that guides how young women and girls can be empowered to live meaningful lives.
Do adolescent girls’ issues really matter?
Adolescent girls face many obstacles to the realisation of their rights. They are routinely disadvantaged in most aspects of life.
Resilient Urban communities are essential to child friendly cities
Looking back at all disaster sites I have visited, it is hardest to forget the looks of shock, of fear, apprehension and even anxiety in the eyes of a mother, father or even a child whose home has been destroyed or where a loved one has been lost to disea
Let’s encourage young people’s participation.
Many young people have made exceptional contributions in their families and societies- some even with their names and stories well inscribed in the echelons of history.
Ending Violence against Children is everyone’s duty
“Violence against children occurs every day, everywhere. And while it harms individual children the most, it also tears at the fabric of society — undermining stability and progress.”
Zimbabwe’s social sector on recovery path
Last Friday, the national statistics agency, ZIMSTAT, released preliminary results of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) conducted between February and April this year.
Africa in 2050: Young and optimistic … with a caveat
Africa, already the world’s second most populous continent with more than 1 billion people, is experiencing a demographic shift unprecedented in its scale and swiftness, according to Generation 2030 Africa, a new report released by UNICEF on the continent
Taking stock of Zimbabwe’s Expanded Programme on Immunisation
The Expanded Programme of Immunisation (EPI) was introduced in Zimbabwe in 1982 with support from the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Let’s give our children the best start in life
The issue of exclusive breastfeeding, which is feeding infants only breast-milk in the first six months of life, is fraught with contradictions, misinformation and socio-cultural beliefs.
Put children in school, not work
Child labour is a scourge that remains a problem in Zimbabwe, and statistics from the last child labour survey (2011) show that about 10 percent of children in the age group five to 14 are engaged in economic activities.
Poverty, exclusion among urban children in Zimbabwe
FOR many, the image of a malnourished child, a child living in miserable conditions and lacking access to basic social services, has a rural backdrop. Now, with a net increase in the urban population, this picture is also increasingly set in most urban
Birth registration in Zimbabwe, can we do more?
The right to a name and an identity is one of the most fundamental human rights, and is especially critical to the realisation of children’s rights. Children without birth certificates are at a higher risk of lifelong deprivations and exclusion from socio
Let’s take pride in our girls and women!
The promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is central to any society keen to achieve equity. In order to achieve results of every child, especially the disadvantaged, it is essential that one of the most fundamental
Children at mercy of climate change
Upon being asked during a recent survey of young people on whether or not she understood what climate change meant, a 16-year-old girl from Chimanimani in Manicaland, remarked:
Zim: Health and Education bounce back
The breakdown in Zimbabwe’s social sector in the last two decades is well documented but less known is the painstaking work that has gone into rebuilding them to something akin to the 1980s.
Parents must not trample on children’s rights
The economic hardships being experienced by Zimbabweans have put many breadwinners out of formal employment, making it increasingly difficult for them to provide enough for their families.
Remove children from the streets
There was a case reported by the media not so long ago about a girl from Murehwa who had travelled to Chitungwiza to collect school fees from her grandmother.
Celebrating 25 years of child rights
The adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1989 was a milestone achievement in the struggle for children’s rights.
Innovating into a child-friendly future
When a Zimbabwean, Dr Peter Morgan invented the Blair Toilet and the “B-type” Bush Pump nearly 40 years ago, he forever changed the landscape of rural water and sanitation in the country and indeed the continent.
Do our girls deserve this?
It was reported recently in the local Press that a Mhondoro grandmother allegedly forced her 14-year-old granddaughter to marry a 47-year-old man who later raped her and infected her with HIV.
Child poverty hurts the nation
In a 2013 report, the World Bank estimated that up to 400 million children under the age of 17 worldwide lived in extreme poverty, the majority in Asia and Africa. This is a staggering number and indicates the pervasive inequalities between and within cou
Taking stock of children’s rights, 25 years on
I was deeply moved by how in the most difficult of human conditions, there was great jubilation from the people present at the birth of this little boy. Yet there is no doubt that this baby has a disadvantaged start in life.
Chipo’s story: Confused by the flood evacuation
The flooding and evacuations in Tokwe-Mukosi in Masvingo Province in Zimbabwe is already leaving its mark on children who have been forced to take refugee in transit and holding camps away from their homes.