16 Days of Activism: My Trip to Zimbabwe
Written by Maria Safari
On the 5th to the 11th Rozaria Memorial Trust invited the WREPA team to join them in
celebrating the 16 days of activism. At first, I was a little bit nervous because I knew we
were going to be staying in Murewa and I have never experienced the village life. It was a
new challenge but I was ready to tackle it.
I was inspired with what RMT (Rozaria Memorial Trust) has been doing with schoolgirls by
creating girls clubs and incorporating them in the school programmes. They have also
created a club in North America whose focus is on fostering the spirit of volunteerism and
supporting girls in sport. RMT have create five Girl clubs all around Zimbabwe in five
Secondary Schools. E.g., Chipinda, Magaya, Hurungwe, Kambarami and Chemapango and
the other two out of school Rozaria Girls Club's were established in the year 2016. One of these two is in
Magaya Village, Murewa and the other in Dzivarasekwa, Harare. More to this as the project
is ongoing, another girls Club was recently established in Mashonaland Central in Takawira
I also had the opportunity to go with the girls club to Magaya village for the High Level Inter-
District Policy Dialogue. It was a good experience for the girls as it was a way for them to
relax because they had closed school and it was a great opportunity for them to meet other
young girls like them. I had the opportunity to talk to the girls who had finished the high
school education and they were awaiting to begin their tertiary education because I am in
the same situation as them. We bonded over the careers we wanted to pursue and what we
would do to pursue our careers. They also had a candle vigil where the girls had an
opportunity to get anything of their chest. Some of the girls were involved in early
pregnancies so they talked about the difficulties being a young mother in their communities.
It was inspiring to see that the young mothers were still motivated to continue their
education despite their circumstances.
During the High Level Inter-District Policy Dialogue, some of the girls performed an
outstanding play. The play highlighted issues that are faced in their communities like Early
Pregnancies, Child Marriage, Gender Based Violence and HIV/AIDS. The storyline of the
play was about a mother whose husband doesn’t have a stable job so he cannot provide for
the family so she decides to get a rich man to start dating her daughter and in the process
the daughter becomes pregnant and also gets HIV. It was very well executed and it
definitely kept the crowd laughing and informed. The girls are really talented and it is really a shame that the creative arts is not recognized in their community. The event in Magaya was an amazing
experience and I would like to do the same as WREPA with the girls in my hometown in
Malindi and Budalangi.
I am truly grateful that as a young woman myself, I got the opportunity to travel to
Zimbabwe to witness the amazing work RMT does with young girls. I was really out of my
comfort zone but I am so grateful for the experience. It really helped me open my eyes and
realize that life is not always sunshine and rainbows. It would be an honor to work with
WREPA to follow in the footsteps of RMT.