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We have prepared an organisation strategy to help us move from the nascent stages of our organizational formation to becoming a force to reckon with in the pursuit of girls and women’s rights. The next three years for us are crucial – we are consolidating our programming models while at the same time, we seek to strengthen our own organizational capacity to deliver.

In this journey towards establishing ourselves as a platform and voice for girls and young women, we have made significant strides and learnt valuable lessons that we apply in the current planning process to optimise our strategies

For example, we have often heard from our stakeholders that we were trying to do everything thereby spreading ourselves too thinly for impact. We have done some self-introspection and have now come up with a solution that allows us to focus without losing impact and identity.

By applying the principles of ‘Leaving No One Behind’ we learnt that the situation of girls and young women is necessitated by various factors which work together to sustain their vulnerability. Hence, we crafted this strategy to work at the intersection, acknowledging and seeking to comprehensively address various issues. This approach requires us not to work in silos but to build partnerships that bring in skills and interventions we do not have ourselves to our constituencies.

In addition, we have had to take a decision to remain community-focussed working only in the Greater Harare and its peripheries knowing that delivering comprehensive interventions requires us to limit the numbers we reach. We remain, however, open to work in any communities in Zimbabwe should our skills be needed.

We learnt from both literature and our own experience that impacting the lives of girls and young women takes more than just working with this target group – there is need to ensure that their ecological environment is supportive and conducive. As a result, we have founded this strategy on three outcomes that seek to achieve change at the girls and young women individual level, the community as well as the policy/institutional levels


We learnt from both literature and our own experience that impacting the lives of girls and young women takes more than just working with this target group – there is need to ensure that their ecological environment is supportive and conducive. As a result, we have founded this strategy on three outcomes that seek to achieve change at the girls and young women individual level, the community as well as the policy/institutional levels

Our conclusion from this planning process is that there is more to be done to promote, respect and fulfil the rights of girls and young women. We are ready to upgrade our resources, skills and motivation to be equal to the task. As a result, we set ourselves ambitious targets to grow our organization. In order to do this, we rely on the support of our various stakeholders such the communities we serve, government departments as well as strategic and funding partners. Come join us on this journey of empowering girls and young women!

Kumbirai Kahiya
Director

Linkages and Collaboration with other Stakeholders

Project Stakeholder and Roles
Transformation Trust ( YETT) Fepa, SOS, Dutch Embassy, Rooted Love Trust, Self Hel0 Development Foundation, Family Support Trust ( FST), Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe, Padare Enkhundleni men's forum on gender, Her Voice Fund, Shamwari yemwana Sikana (SYS), ZNCWC, ECOZ...
Capacity building, collaboration of trainings and activities during project implementation. CALR will be a resource organisation in accessing policy makers, ZWLA will help simplify policies and unpack legal instruments on gender equality and referral of cases, while Padare will bring in experience and expertise in engaging men in conversations on GBV
Provides technical support and makes up the referral system. Co-facilitating activities. Providing trainings and resources for young women advancement, collaborating in creating safe spaces for adolescent girls and young women
Coordinate community-based activities. Report and feedback to GWEN. Primary beneficiaries, coordinating young women focused activities. Provide information useful for program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
Co facilitating the workshops on how to report and handle GBV cases especially around elections and interpretation of laws governing human abuse and other atrocities against members of society
For mobilization and collaborations in initiatives. To promote local ownership of projects for sustainability
Other NGOs and corporate companies. Networking, Referral system and coordination of similar projects and information sharing. Co-facilitating workshops, sharing of best practices on gender equality and role modeling.

GWENTRUST catalyzes the power of the most vulnerable girls and young women to create the future they imagine: for themselves, for their communities, and for Africa

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