TaLI International Women’s Day Celebrations
8 March is an International Women’s Day celebrated around the globe. The international day has been set aside to acknowledge the difficulties women and girls experience in their lives, and this day has been further utilised to reflect on gains on their emancipation by communi-ties, nations and global leaders, and how to tackle the existing challenges. Many have further used it to launch women and girls empowerment programmes across the world. Organisations like TaLI have embraced this day to benefit young women especially from universities and colleges through a mentorship program that is pioneered by the Tag a Life director Nyaradzo Mashayamombe(director) as a flag bearer of a global mentorship programme hosted by Vital Voices across the world. TaLI initiated flag bearing in 2014 and this program has made a lot of impact amongst young women.
Mentorship is a unique relationship between successful women and young women who are still trying to make it in life. This program is a platform for these inter-generational collabora-tions to share their challenges fears and dreams, at the same time to come up with guidance, support, sponsorship and mentorship to reach their personal goals both careers and in their own personal lives. It provides a ladder for young women who are just starting at life, with women who have made it and who want to see them succeed. These women also provide ex-posure opportunities for their mentees. The mentors and mentees both have to be committed to see the relationship growing and TaLI through Vital Voices has provided mentors and mentees with some guidelines in engaging in successful mentorship relationships.
This year TaLI in a partnership with a global mentorship organisation Vital Voices, and large-ly coordinated by one of the young woman outcome of the TaLI mentorship programme Trish Bopoto, hosted a Mentorship night at the University of Zimbabwe on the 8th of March 2017 to mark the International Women’s day and the launch of the 6 month mentorship programme for young women. It linked young mentees from University of Zimbabwe (UZ) and Wom-en’s University in Africa (WUA), with mentors who are successful women in different spheres such as business, politics, and management positions with university students from the University of Zimbabwe and the Women’s University in Africa.
Prominent women such as Gender Commissioner Naome Chimbetete, Mellany Msengezi-Mariri Marketing General Manager Econet, ADP Leader and Politician Marcellina Chikosha, Cyrex Business Co-Founder Annabell Gakaka, Jewell Magazine and Mufaro Toys Founder Tsitsi Mutendi, ProGroup Managing Director Tindings Chimphondah, Communications and PR Expert Yvonne Gundu, Toyota Human Resources Manager Yeukai Gatsi, Crisis Coalition Leader Memory Kadau, Urgent Action Fund Strategic Programmes Manager Connie Nawai-go-Zhuwarara and TaLI Board Member Memory Darikwa graced the event as they connected with mentees.
A number of women who are passionate about mentorship and support the initiative but could not attend include Cains boss Nancy Guzha, South Western News owner Maggi Mzumara, Issues Panenyaya founder Rejoice Nharaunda, Media Specialist Caroline Hungwe to name a few. The event was an intimate one as they shared personal experiences with these young women. Many mentors and mentees outlined their goals and a number of them planned follow-up meetings.
A number of young women have since provided feedback that this event is just what they need, to intaract with women they considered distant role models as they view them as highly successful they would not dream of being directly mentored by them, and this is what TaLI is about, linking girls with their dreams and making it a reality. Mentors such as Marcellina Chikosha who are passionate about girls also realised the huge part they can play in ensuring that young women are aware of successful role models closer to home, so that success can be real, than for young women to only look at far away icons which might in a way cause their success to seem far off. TaLI thrives when private companies such as Cains Foods and Econet Wireless Zimbabwe support the young women’s initiatives the way they came through in kind during the planning of this year’s celebrations and we are grateful for such partnerships. Here is to #BeBoldForChange #IWD2017!
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