Women’s Institute for Leadership development in partnership with Amagugu International Heritage Center conducted a Young Women Peace Advocates Skills Development workshop, that was conducted at Sigola Primary School in Umzingwane District. The workshop was attended by 12 women from Umzingwane as a continuation of the visual expression of young women’s voices project.
Tanaka Mrewa, a journalist from the Centre for Innovation and Technology (CITE) facilitated a session on citizen journalism.
One of the young women said: “there are limited schools in the area, so the children, particularly the ECD from Mbizo village have to travel long distances between 6 to 10 km, since there are no preschools in their village.”
She further asserted that this is a major problem as most of the children lose productive days from attending classes due to the long distances they have to travel. The road networks are also very poor and dangerous particularly to the teenage girl students who are most vulnerable to being sexually harassed by miners along the way to school, since the roads pass through mining areas.
Kelly Mabaleka said: “There are limited nurses at Ntshamathe Hospital which is the only hospital in the area, whereby you find that there is one nurse attending to all the patients.”
She also revealed that this is caused by shortage of accommodation for the nurses.
Mrewa said when conducting citizen journalism, it is important that women identify the issues that affects an area and rank them in the order of their importance. She highlighted on how to advocate for change in a community and also the different ways of amplifying women’s voices to relevant stakeholders.
Mrewa mentioned how important it is knowing the relevant entry points when addressing a particular problem facing an area.
Mr Mthokozisi Ndebele from WILD assisted women create an advocacy plan that will effectively become an aid to plan their advocacy strategies.
“In community mapping women should not merely identify the resources but they should also specify the number of the resources,” stated Ndebele. “This would aid in knowing available resources and also help when they are raising their issues to the stakeholders as they will be speaking of evidence-based problems.”
Mr Ndebele tasked women with an activity to identify their intended audiences. He said participants should note down each problem then identify which stakeholder would manage to help them solve that particular problem.
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