PROTECT WOMEN AND CHILDREN FROM HARM, EXPLOITATION AND VIOLENCE
Child Rights and Child Protection
Drawing from our experience from working with children, we put children and their rights at the centre of our programs. Adopting a child rights-based approach is the most effective way to bring about positive and lasting change for children. We make a difference to thousands of children in Matabeleland North through our child protection work ensuring that our activities are based on and constantly pushes the agenda for children’s rights. We use the principles of children’s rights to plan, implement and monitor programs with the overall goal of improving the position of children. With the support of our Child Protection Policy and child-led initiatives we set out strategies to call on everyone – to take action and to engage and invest in child protection so that we fulfil our purpose to end all forms of violence against children.
The Right to Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities
We advocate for the inclusive education of children with disabilities. Our program on the “Integrated Response to Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Binga district” benefits all children, not only children with disabilities. We respond to the diversity of needs of all learners through increasing participation in learning, and reducing exclusion within and from education. Through advocacy, we create a better understanding of disability within our communities and we work closely with our key partners such as the Social Services and the Ministry of Education to integrate disabled children into the school system, by assisting schools with block grants to improve disability-friendly infrastructure, support children with disabilities with assistive devices and educational materials and we help create child and disability-sensitive child protection mechanisms. We train teachers and parents to see the value in teaching children with disabilities.
Property and Inheritance Rights
We work with human rights groups and activists to end unjust inheritance practices in our region in support of national laws and international legal instruments in the context of both development and equality. We aim to increase women’s access to property and inheritance rights, and reduce their vulnerability to HIV and the impact of AIDS through awareness-raising among communities on women's rights to land and inheritance. We work with legal service providers, including community paralegals, on customary law, and succession planning, and improve the rights awareness and legal literacy of women living with HIV. Efforts have resulted in women regaining their property and women community paralegal groups prevented property grabbing and supported women throughout the formal or informal legal processes within in their community.
The Rights to Education
We are strengthening community-based systems and we are working in partnership with government and communities to promote the right to education by improving school infrastructure, refurbishing schools, develop water sources and gardens at schools. We provide block grants to facilitate educational benefits for orphans and vulnerable children. We support interventions for highly marginalized girls who are out of school to find ways of getting girls back into schools and ensuring they receive quality education to transform their future. Our program uses innovative solutions focused on the acquisition of basic education and skills, using capacity building processes such as school-in-a-bag to improve girls’ literacy, numeracy and others skills relevant for life and work.
Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women
Over the years, we have made significant commitments towards gender equality and women’s empowerment, and we have taken measures to ensure equitable access to resources and basic services that are necessary to obtain an inclusive and gender responsive governance. We pay attention to the role of women in conflict resolution addressing masculinities and gender-based violence. We are applying interactive ways of sharing knowledge and we work with women groups, key stakeholders such as government departments and traditional leaders in the field to gain a deeper understanding of gender dynamics. We are using a cultural and values based approach to address the vulnerability of young girls and women to HIV and AIDS, poverty, gender based violence and economic injustice in our region.