Zimbabwe’s rural women transform their own lives
The Rukweza rural communities in Nyazura have seen great improvements in their lives following the launch of the Rural Women’s Assembly by the Women and Land in Zimbabwe with support from Norwegian People’s Aid.
“We used to live in abject poverty. We were suffering, every now and then abused and divorced by our husbands”, said local Rukweza woman Ms. Gore about the way of life before Rural Women’s Assembly was introduced in Rukweza community. With the support of NPA and Women and Land in Zimbabwe, she explains, “we were taught about land rights. As women we used to have access only without ownership but now women can own land in their own name”.
With the empowerment training from RWA the women successfully approached all the relevant authorities. Ms. Gore thanks Norwegian People’s Aid and Women and Land in Zimbabwe.
The Coordinator of Rural Women’s Assembly in Rukweza community, Mrs. Marwei, expressed deep appreciation of the current partnership saying, “We are happy to have the support of NPA in creating the RWA. Before, women were not united in the community; one woman would be used as a weapon to inflict pain on other women.”
The Norwegian People’ Aid Southern Africa Regional Director Mr. Trygve Augestad recently visited the Zimbabwe program and met with rural women in the Rukweza community. Addressing more than 250 women, Mr. Augestad reiterated the importance of transferring the knowledge and skills to other community members. “It is important that you go and teach your peers what you are learning here and how it has transformed your lives,” he said.