Chiefs and Headmen’s wives from Mashonaland West province who took part in a two-day training workshop in Kadoma organised by the First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa, say they are ready to work as ambassadors of empowerment in their respective communities.
The two-day training workshop had a cocktail of educational topics while some were emotional as they touched on sensitive issues such as infertility.
“My child was returned home because of infertility, it pains me to see my child crying every day,” said one of the women.
Amai Mnangagwa, who is on an international campaign to destigmatise infertility alongside other African first ladies, spelled out the need for Chiefs and Headmen’s wives to play a leading role in this endeavor.
“Mostly, it’s the women who suffer the most, they are blamed, but is that justified,” said Amai Mnangagwa.
Experts in various fields took the participants through various topics including health, business, and constitutional issues.
“A woman should work for her family, you should be able to make your own money start your own businesses,” said Dr. Abigail Magwenzi.
The Chiefs and Headmen, who attended a separate meeting at the same venue, later joined their spouses as Amai Mnangagwa gave her closing remarks.
“We are asking God to give you (Chiefs) wisdom to help your wives carry out their duties so that peace prevails in your communities,” she said.
The traditional leaders led by Chief Ngezi pledged to support their spouses to achieve the vision espoused by the First Lady.
“We want to thank you Amai for remembering us. We have heard your wise counsel and we promise not to let you down. We are going to support our spouses while they execute their roles with the knowledge they acquired here,” said Chief Ngezi-Peter Pamire.
The First Lady through the Angel of Hope Foundation also donated sanitary wear to the participants for onward distribution in their communities.
56 traditional leaders’ wives attended the two-day training workshop.