About Girls & Women Empowerment Network
- OUR STORY
- The Girls and Women Empowerment and Network is a registered Trust organization that works in the communities of Greater Harare and peripheries. Although the geographic area of coverage is quite expansive for the comprehensive layered methodology of the organization’s programming model, the organization takes a community-focussed approach to ensure that at any given time, program activities target a manageable number of people.
The organization was formally registered in 2015, following years of acitivities and work with communities, and has since been making efforts to empower adolescent girls and young women in all spheres of life in ways that respect the law to promote, protect and provide for girls and young women in Zimbabwe. GWEN works to eliminate factors that increase girls and young women’s vulnerability and prevent them from enjoying their full God-given and constitutional rights.
These factors include among others poverty, physical impairments, sexual gender-based violence (SGBV), discrimination and abuse. To this end, the organization’s formation was necessitated by the numerous challenges vulnerable adolescent girls and young women face at school, at home, work and in the society i.e. the lack of safe places for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) including those escaping domestic violence and the absence of means to access safe spaces and protection services.
It is through acknowledging that AGYW face numerous challenges, coming together to increase vulnerability, that the organization drew manadate to work across the broad covering various thematic areas.The organization has offices in Chitungwiza and a team of officers led by the Director. There is a board in place whose members bring oversight on a wide range of issues including programming and administration. The board members were selected on the basis of their skills, passion and experience.
The GWEN Journey so Far Since its formation, GWEN has registered a number of milestones. In moving forward, as a learning organization, the organization takes note of the following: Milestones
- In the past 3 years, GWEN has reached out to over 1 000 girls and young women with information and services that empower them in many respects of their life
- We have established working relationships with community leaders allowing us entry and support for our projects in the community
- Sensitised key institutions on the the rights of AGYW resulting in policies and actions that support the rights of girls and young women. Examples of success include, among others, the support being provided to young women entrepreneurs to access markets in Zengeza through our work with the local authorities
- Participated in youth and women networks as well as established partnerships, in pursuit of the rights of AGYW
- Recruited motivated staff who have delivered key projects that have put the organization on the map
- Establsihed a working office in Chitungwiza
- Put in place a competent board to support the establishment of the organization and improve the governance of the organization
- Privided support to girls and young women survivors of Sexual Gender Based Violence in Zengeza, Seke and Eastview
- Mobilised and distributed sanitary wear for vulnerable adolescent girls and young women in Seke, Mhondoro, Eastview and Chitungwiza
- Created safe spaces for learning and engagement on various issues affecting AGYW through sport in Seke and Chitungwiza
- Facilitated for AGYW engagement with various leaders in the way of local initiatives and networking platforms