The Global Shapers Harare Hub will host a “Game Changers Movement” seminar on Saturday the 11th of March in Harare to commemorate International Women’s Day (IWD) in partnership with YOLK International Foundation under the theme Charity to Empowerment.
About 250 widows and single mothers will grace the event to celebrate their achievements and learn how they can move from being receivers of charity to being pillars of strength and support for others in their communities.
Honourable Minister of State for Harare Provincial Affairs, Miriam Chikukwa, will lead a group of amazing speakers, passionate about women’s growth and empowerment as guest of honour.
International Women’s Day is celebrated each year on the 8th of March, a global day set aside to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity and this year it is running under the global theme Be Bold for Change.
“We want to celebrate the spirit and hard work of widows and single mothers in their pursuit to take care of their families.” Tafadzwa Munatsi the Global Shapers Harare Hub events coordinator said.
Global Shapers Harare Hub is part of the Global Shapers Community, a network of hubs found across the globe. The community is an initiative of the World Economic forum developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential and achievements.
The Harare hub’s curator, Rinos Mautsa, said partnering Yolk in celebrating the achievements of local women and calling for their empowerment is in line with the Global Shapers mission that speaks to youth being catalysts to entrepreneurship.
“Someone once said poverty has a female face and with women controlling only one fifth of global wealth, it is the role of youth to begin to shape a different reality that ensures women and girls are empowered to create wealth and seminars like these give us opportunities to inspire, motivate, encourage and teach women to grow their potential,” said Mr Mautsa.
Speaking on the theme for the seminar Yolk International Foundation’s Initiator and Chief Catalyst, Gram Makwarimba, said there is need to change the mindset of dependency and waiting for outsiders to develop ourselves and our nation.
“By saying from Charity to Empowerment we are driving women to embrace empowerment not charity. Charity will only help solve temporary challenges but empowerment helps them overcome permanent challenges” He said.
Yolk is a local non-governmental organisation that works with widows and single mothers who are experiencing social and economic discrimination by offering emancipation programs, entrepreneurship skills training.
Global Shapers Harare Hub is partnering with various organisations on projects aimed at empowering and developing the potential of young people and women. One such project is the Community Mentorship program run in partnership with the Campus Community Foundation, an intense 12-month mentorship platform to link students in tertiary institutions with practising professionals or corporates with vast industry experience.