THE globe marks International Women’s Day WHOSE THEME: is quite befitting as it is very essential to get everyone on board, as the continuous shift to equality for all without gender imbalances has not been fully accepted in some communities, in both the socio – economic circles.
However, the theme is aligned with the United Nation’s new multigenerational campaign, Generation Equality, which marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Adopted in 1995 at the Fourth world Conference on women in Beijing, China, the Beijing platform for Action is recognised as the most progressive roadmap for the empowerment of women and girls, everywhere.
The Generation Equality Campaign is bringing together people of every gender, age, ethnicity, race, religion and country to drive actions that will create the gender – equal world we all deserve.
Together, we want to mobilize to end gender – based violence; we are calling for economic justice and rights for all; bodily autonomy, sexual and reproductive health and rights; and feminist action for climate justice. We want technology and innovation for gender equality, and feminist leadership.
Zeroing down back home, in Zimbabwe, like in many places around the globe, real change has been agonizingly slow for the majority of women and girls, this is, despite the fact that we have been fortunate enough to witness some of industrious women of valor in our lifetime. Women, who have, like the Biblical Ruth, stood firm in their faith and belief – moving mountains – to reach and live to see the fruits of their convictions.
The issue of women rights and their right to free access to sanitary wear has mostly been done literally, while on the ground.
I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights, cries out loud for everyone to recognize and practically recognize each being as a being, bypassing the gender aspect, as beings are all equal.
Today, many years after the equality campaign began years ago, we still have few women chief executives, both in the public and private sector, respectively. Only a hand few entities are women headed, this is also despite the fact that some of the most right minds, who are entrepreneurs are actually women, who are running businesses professionally and blessed with high business acumen than most man, leading many institutions today.
Who doesn’t remember the old woman who carried her 50-kilogram sack of goods to government appointed collectors of goods meant for donations to the Cyclone Idai victims? Such love is priceless.
Many a times, we have also witnessed the First Lady Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa’s many social activities when she assisted communities, mixing an mingling with the general populace and even going to the extent of assisting celebrities, who had fallen on hard times and in need of support, while she is also not a new face to the orphaned and widowed.
There are plenty cases of note that have not been chronicled, to date.
However, the 2020 observance aims to bring together the next generations of women and girl leaders and gender equality activists with the women’s rights advocates and visionaries who were instrumental in creating the Beijing Platform for Action more than two decades.