Female Students Network Trust, Zimbabwe

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© Female Students Network Trust

The Female Students Network Trust (FSN, Zimbabwe) is a non-profit, membership-based organization that works with female tertiary education students in Zimbabwe. It began in 2005 as a loose network of students at the University of Zimbabwe, and became a non-profit organization in 2010. FSN empowers female students to take up leadership roles, and supports policy and media advocacy on issues affecting female students. became a fully-fledged organisation in 2010 as a platform where female students in TEI's interact and share experiences on the challenges they face in their day to day lives. FSN works in 36 institutions in the 10 Provinces of Zimbabwe.became a fully-fledged organisation in 2010 as a platform where female students in TEI's interact and share experiences on the challenges they face in their day to day lives. FSN works in 36 institutions in the 10 Provinces of Zimbabwe.

FSN was awarded the UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education for its programme Empowerment of tertiary education female students through leadership development and mentorship programmes in Zimbabwe.

The programme stems from a survey on sexual harassment in learning environments, particularly in tertiary education, which found 98 per cent of students were affected and the perpetrators were often lecturers. FSN launched a campaign to establish sexual harassment policies and to improve accountability of tertiary education institutions in creating safe learning environments. The programme is supporting the development of institutional policies against sexual harassment, and is expanding access to counselling and legal recourse among women in 36 tertiary institutions across the 10 provinces of Zimbabwe.