The UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA), in partnership with Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare will host a workshop on 10th December 2019 in Gweru to validate the country’s Strategic Action Plan for the National Disability Board.
Developed within the framework of the EU-funded Spotlight Initiative to eliminate violence against women, the costed Strategic Plan is accompanied by a Resource Mobilisation and Partnership Building strategy which will be used to raise funds to strengthen the Board’s capacity and ensure sustainability.
The workshop is expected to validate the Strategic Action Plan and forge the way forward for the Board in the Spotlight Initiative and other activities towards the achievement of its mandate.
The Consultant who was contracted by UNESCO to develop the Strategic Action Plan will lead the workshop and engage members of the Board to gather their inputs in order to finalise the Strategic Action Plan. Officials from the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare and UNESCO ROSA will also participate in the workshop.
The Strategic Action Plan’s main thrust is on addressing Gender-Based Violence (GBV), Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV), Harmful Practices (HP) and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) issues affecting women and girls with disabilities, among others.
The Spotlight Initiative is a comprehensive programme focusing on ending all forms GBV and HPs and promoting the SRHR of women and girls. Its overall vision in Zimbabwe is to have women and girls realise their full potential in a violence-free, gender responsive and inclusive country.