You may not hear guns blazing, bombs exploding or helpless shrieks in the streets but that does not mean there is no war, Zimbabwe a name that has hogged the headlines is well known for its politicals. Hidden behind the veil of the Global Political Agreement is a war unlike any other, silent but it is there. Many will deny its very existence and will swear on their graves to protect their loved ones. The inhumanity and injustice that has ravaged Zimbabwe since 2008 is yet to be stopped. There is no freedom when one is harassed, tortured, kidnapped or murdered on suspicion of association to a political party. There is no democracy when one is forced to vote in fear for their life. 2008 young women were forced to affiliate with certain political youth groups that terrorized people, most of them were raped and as a result today they either have a child or are affected/infected by HIV/AIDS living in abject poverty....inhumanity, injustice.
In Africa Zimbabwe has one of the highest literacy rates of 90.2% and only 30% are women . Of that 30% 15% makes it to tertiary education and 10% graduates. Political instability coupled with economic hardships brought a lot of change to Zimbabweans. Nowadays teaching is no longer about the education but about the money. Teachers have become impersonal and less concerned about the child’s life than they are of the pass rate. Though I may not be a trained guidance counselor, it doesn’t take a genius to know that most children need guidance from teachers to be able to make rational decisions. The disruption of the traditional structure has contributed to an increase of school dropouts, teenage pregnancy and a 2% increase on the HIV/AIDS rate. Some now see education as less important and now consider marriage as the way out.
Unemployment rate is skyrocketing, at approximately 90%, most families are living in abject poverty. In Chitungwiza, my neighbor Patience whose 14 years old and a teenage commercial sex worker struggling to provide for her 2 siblings is an example of the many young women who are taking to the streets to earn a living by selling their bodies for as little as USD$2.
I may not be able to change the past of these women and children, but I can contribute in changing their future. I have dedicated myself to empowering women in these situations through the positive power of business. Helping them start projects and businesses that bring in a stable income that will sustain them and improve their standard of living with the help of World Vision and BOOST/SIFE.
I offer my services to Youth Empowerment Trust to help educate youths on various structures such as politics (human rights), health and life skills. I believe in being involved rather than being a spectator. I instill hope in those who have lost it and encourage those I can reach, but with Pulsewire and other networks I can do much more. These networks are information and solution centers .They are powerful tools and with power comes responsibility. It’s time to try defying gravity and challenge the natural order of things and with these tools, whose to stop me.