iwd_logo.pngZimbabwe will this Thursday join the rest of the world in commemorating International Women’s Day with the country putting much focus on the empowerment of women in rural areas to eradicate poverty.

This year, Zimbabwe commemorates the International Women’s Day under the theme “Empower Women in Rural Areas-Eradicate Poverty and Hunger”.

The theme is in recognition of the critical role played by rural women in ensuring the country’s food security at both household and national level.

Acting Minister of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Cde Sithembiso Nyoni who was addressing journalists ahead of the day said the commemorations afford women an opportunity to take stock of their accomplishments and look ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities they have.

Cde Nyoni also said women need to be protected by law from rape and other physical and psychological harm.

The commemorations will be held in Mutoko on the 8th of March under a sub-theme of ‘women and credit’ as well as at Siachilaba Kapenta Fishing Market in Binga district, Matabeleland North Province, on the 16th of March.

The International Women’s Day was first commemorated in 1975 to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women and their future prospects.


Meanwhile, local women have applauded government for coming up with deliberate policies aimed at addressing their plight amid calls for more funding in areas such as health, education and agriculture.

However, Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe national coordinator, Ms Netsai Mushonga, said in as much as government has made strides in addressing women’s issues, there are still some grey areas to do with domestic violence which need funding and proper implementation.