By Desire Tshuma
A massive crowd recently joined TeamEurope in Murewa West to commemorate International Women’s Day (IWD) which was held in style.
International Women’s Day celebrations is an annual event that is commemorated worldwide in recognition of the achievements and progress made towards achieving equality for women.
Gender equality is one of the core principles among the European Union founding values and treaty objectives and is both a priority and a goal for Zimbabwe and the European Union. Team Europe comprises of EU, Sweden, Ireland, Netherlands, France, Germany and Switzerland.
“We are delighted to continue accompanying Zimbabwe in its ambition to fully operationalize existing constitution and policy commitments and achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment. We have a long track record in supporting gender equality in Zimbabwe and have actively supported the government’s commendable decision to sign the high- level political compact on ending gender-based violence and we shall continue helping to ensure its fully fledged operationalization,” said EU Ambassador Jobst von Kirchmann.
Team Europe’s initiative on gender equality and women empowerment is coordinated at political level with the government of Zimbabwe to ensure full alignment with the gender relevant policies.
The EU Ambassador said projects that operate under Team Europe Initiative (TEI) will support activities that promotes women’s political, social and economic empowerment around four core objectives which are aligned with Zimbabwe’s National Gender Policy.
The guest of honour was the Minister of Women Affairs Community Small and Medium Enterprise Development in absentia and was represented by chief director in the Ministry Mrs Matsika Takaendisa who read the speech. The event was graced by community leader chief Mangwende, and the Minister of state for provincial affairs and devolution.
Several women’s groups exhibited their crafts and garden and farm produce which includes handbag crafts, dried mangoes, mufushwa, farm cucumbers, to mention a few .
The total financial support for the Team Europe initiative which runs from year 2021 to 2027 is more than 209 million euro . This initiative has demonstrated Team Europe and Switzerland’s continued commitment to support Zimbabwe in areas of common interests.
Top pic: Team Europe commemorates International Women’s Day in Murewa recently.