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EQUIP # EMPOWER EDUCATE A SISTER WITH TECHNOLOGY

I am sure everyone agrees if I say when you educate a woman you educate the whole community and whole world. I have realised how most women have been empowered by technology especially facebook and what sapp and one woman I know is my own mum. I have then started to think and research if there is something that can help more women to be connected to the Web. I have realised through communication with my mum that she knows more than she did before she got connected. Therefore I want to set up a libraries within my community in Murewa where there will be computers and mobile Phones which will be run by women and benefit the entire community but benefit more women and girls to educate themselves. I hope to train them how to access information and basics of information technology.

I have grew up in this community where women and children are left behind and will get to hear things from husbands and fathers either from the city or township. I have also analysed that in most households, the husband or son will have a mobile phone or computer while women are in the fields farming and looking after household and children. There is a big margin of Web access and lack of it in communities depending where you are or background. So having libraries which can be pre booked fairly and allow everyone to be connected to the Internet and world news will bring vibrancy and equality, while enhancing women to the knowledge and skills they lack. So many women are abused everyday, so many girls get raped but they do not know their rights, the law that can help them or hear stories of the same experience and help available. By accessing the Web they can get to know all about it and seek justice and peace. Gender equality is a major issue which see women and girls looked down upon and sometimes see them left behind, Internet can see changes in that gender issue because women will know more than they did and become empowered to know what is right or wrong for them. I hope this project will get up and benefit those women who are not yet connected to the Web.

I am a woman who was once a girl in a deprived community. I have equipped myself academically and have empowered myself professionally and if there was no technology and being up to date with the world around me at the touch of button or click of a mouse away, I would not have had the passion to develop myself. I therefore want to take this passion further by bringing this kind of environment into the communities which I grew up to equip those women and girls out there. One day they will have the same knowledge and intellect as i am or more because they will be connected. I am right now seated and typing because I can so if they can do this one day, then will then smile and say women weave the Web.

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Comments

Netsai's picture

Time for Change

Hi Chidzidzo

Your name means "lessons/teachings" rightfully so, your life is an education to others and a gift. I think we share a similar vision to empower women and the girl child and in most cases the foundation of empowerment is an education. For the women that have started and progressed in a similar program, it'll be amazing to share. It'll be helpful to see where we can start and how we can connect.

chidzidzo's picture

Hi Nesta Thankfully yes my

Hi Nesta

Thankfully yes my name means lesson and I only realised that I had a powerful name given by my late grandmother. Unfortunately my parents decided not to include it on my birth certificate but I love it and I have named my foundation Chidzidzo. I love teaching others even though I went on to become a nurse. It will be lovely to share and connect because my heart beats for Zimbabwe. At the moment I am in UK. I think women have been looked down upon and it's time we change that in our Zim communities. The only way is no longer crying for equality in the streets holding placards but your initiative and yours linked will do change women' stature.

Thanks

amymorros's picture

vibrancy and equality

I like your description of how you have bettered yourself and appreciate that you want to impart your knowledge on others. I am impressed by your motivation and wish you the best of luck as you reach out to your community.

Amy
@amyinstl

chidzidzo's picture

Thank you

Thank you very much Amy. I feel it my duty to give back to my community and with your word of encouragement I am empowered.

CHIDZIDZO

Julia O'Byrne's picture

Inspiring post!

Hi Chidzidzo!
I loved your post! So much of what you wrote inspired me - especially these lines: "I have also analysed that in most households, the husband or son will have a mobile phone or computer while women are in the fields farming and looking after household and children" and "I have equipped myself academically and have empowered myself professionally and if there was no technology and being up to date with the world around me at the touch of button or click of a mouse away, I would not have had the passion to develop myself." I find it so admirable and amazing that you have achieved so much and have all these great plans for your community. I am a huge proponent of libraries too and believe they offer wonderful spaces for learning and for community building. I think your ideas are great and I believe you will succeed in your goals.
Thanks so much for sharing and I look forward to reading more from you.
Best wishes,
Julia

chidzidzo's picture

Thanks Julia

Thanks Julia I pray that God will make provision for this vision imparted in me. Thanks for your compliment and encouragement words. You will sure read more. If you are on Facebook I have a campaign group called SUPPORT A SCHOOL IN ZIMBABWE. That's a project I have kicked off to support schools in Zimbabwe.

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