TESHE Young Women’s Movement in the month of June and July will be conducting research : Interrogating the accessibility of resources for young women in the context of economic empowerment- Agricultural sector.
The agricultural sector contributes largely to our GDP in Zimbabwe and yet young women benefit and participate in the sector at the lower end-(remuneration wise) of the agricultural pyramid. In order to investigate why and increase access for young women to resources and existing systems in the sector, a lived reality study approach needs to be done.
We will interrogate the low, meaningful participation of young women in one of the most lucrative sectors in Zimbabwe i.e. being relegated to being mostly vendors as opposed to being owners of the projects and being key contributing drivers in the sector.
We will also look at application and subsequent approval rates of youth funds as an important issue to be addressed in the study especially when policies are in place to allow and support sustainable livelihoods for young women.
Gender inequality is problem that has marred advancement of women in the Southern African region including in Zimbabwe. There is a need for deliberate improvement in the inclusion of women in the socio-economic arena.
Simultaneously, we will be facilitating a Poultry Project for 10 young women from low income households.Establishing sustainable livelihoods and Poverty alleviation for young women in particular is vital and is key in arming them in the fight against HIV/AIDS, GBV, violation of their SRH Rights and several other ills that young women have become the face of.
WE WON’T BE LEFT OUT!