Youth Dialogue Zimbabwe in collaboration with National Aids Counsel, Fhi 360, Simukai and other organisations attended a dialogue session hosted by Chiwere Primary School raising awareness on child marriages.
It was discovered the main causes of child marriage include poverty which is relieved by getting the minor married to local miners and tobacco farmers. The minors are also sent away if they happen to return home late or for walking around with a person of the opposite sex it becomes automatic marriage. The event was a success but there is need for more awareness on this matter.
The dialogue covered the following questions:
- What is Child Marriage?
- What are the causes?
- What are the legal aspects?
- What is the way forward?
Dangers of early pregnancies according to health workers:
- Complications in child marriage
- Pregnancy disorders
- School dropout
- Delivery complications
- Cervical cancer
- STI infections
- Low self esteem
Theme: Supporting Democracy and Accountability through Rural Youths Active Civil Participation.
Youth Dialogue Zimbabwe hosted a film festival in Nyagundi; Ward 34 Mutare Rural on 09 April 2019.
The festival was held to empower rural youths in taking an active role in governance and political process that will build up to democracy in Nyagundi.
After the filming show, 109 participants were able to:
- Provide a range of definitions of good governance and democracy.
- Summarize recent scandals and abuses and the regulatory reaction.
- Identify other drivers of good governance and democracy.
After the film and discussions participants went out to play soccer and netball. There were great prizes won by the winning teams.
Soccer & Netball results
In soccer, Nyagundi won the game in penalties after producing a draw in the 90th and 120th min.
Nyagundi 0 (5) – (2)0 Chiwere
In netball, Nyagundi A defeated Nyagundi E.
Nyagundi A 3 – 2 Nyagundi E
Theme: Consolidating cultural identity diversity and heritage
Location: Mapembe ward 34: Mutare Rural
Youth Dialogue Zimbabwe attended a cultural event were Government ministries, traditional leaders, NGO’s, churches, schools and community members came in great numbers. The event was hosted by Chief/Mambo Marange who strongly encouraged his community members to uphold their cultural values and norms. He went on to advice against issues of divorce encouraging churches to teach youth.
The MP’s representatives encouraged parents to process birth certificates for their children. It is a matter of concern how community members have limited opportunities due to not possessing important documents. Youths were encouraged to seek opportunities for them to be productive and see their councillors for any help they might need.
Various churches such as Zviratidzo, Zion, ZCC, attended and entertained those who attended with singing, dancing, and playing of drums. Devotion was shared on the topic of kusikwa kwevanhu vekutanga accompanied with these scriptures, Genesis 2:7, Deutronomy 32:6, and Psalms 27:3.
Non-Government Organisation got the opportunity to showcase their activities and inform the audience about the work they do. They displayed posters and banners at the venue for visibility and upholding of the diversity theme.
Guests were treated to a traditional dance performed by St Francis primary school. The dance was called Chimaisiri dance combined with Jerusalem dance which was adopted from Murehwa, Katsava or Jiti. A poem was done based on the title Dzidzo by a student at St Francis bringing out the importance of education. More poems were performed by the students which comprised of Empowerment of a girl child.