Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world in commemorating the International day of the girl child on the 11th of October. The annual event was recognized by the United Nations to raise awareness on the plight of the girl child in modern society. The theme for this year was, ” Girlforce: Unscripted and Unstoppable”.
Several prominent names in the country took part in celebrations and shared images. Norton legislator Themba Mliswa met with Juior councillors and Norton councillors at an event to honour the day.
Musician Selmor Mtukudzi also crushed in her daughter and advise young ladies to pursue their dreams. She wrote,”It’s our day today girls, let us remember to always follow our dreams and never let anybody tell us that we cant. Happy International day of the girl child”.
The day seeks to address problems facing young girls such as child marriages, sexual exploitation, lack of education and cultural stereotypes. The event was born out of the Beijing conference of 1995. This was the first time that injustices against women were expressed at such a global scale. This year was marked by commemorations all over the country with big entities like FAWEZI, SAFAIDS and Old Mutual giving due weight to the event.
Zimbabwe is fast moving towards abolition of laws that impact negatively on the girl child. Child marriages were outlawed in the landmark ruling of Mudzuru v Minister of Justice. Courts have also been passing stiffer penalties for rape cases involving minors.
Influential people such as Tererai Trent have been advocating for betterment of girls’ welfare in the country.