Women exhibiting some of their products during the International Women’s Day commemorations in Mt Zuma, Manicaland province.

Family AIDS Caring Trust – FACT Zimbabwe joined the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Develop, Ministry of Youth, Arts and Recreation, Ministry of Social Welfare, Ministry of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe Electoral Council and other development organizations in commemorating the International Women’s Day in Mt Zuma, Manicaland Province.

The event held on Thursday 16 March 2023 ran under the theme #DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for gender equality. It gathered women from the community of Mt Zuma and surrounding communities.

The Women’s Day commemorations revolved around equipping women with knowledge of the history of International Day, equipping them with entrepreneurial skills and giving them the opportunity to exhibit their products.

The women also got the opportunity to interact with organizations such as FACT Zimbabwe, Population Solutions for Health, CARE International in Zimbabwe, Plan International, Zimbabwe National Family Planning who offered various services including cervical cancer screening, GBV sensitization and counselling, HIV testing and family planning.

FACT Zimbabwe reached out to 85 women who were referred to clinical partners for HIV testing, STI screening and family planning. Most of the women and girls who approached the FACT Zimbabwe stand were sensitized about GBV and made aware of the organization’s Helpline.

FACT Zimbabwe team offering health services to women during the International Women’s Day commemorations in Mt Zuma, Manicaland

The fun-filled event saw various groups of women entertain crowds through song, dance, and drama.

“We are happy to be celebrated as women, days like these help us relax and forget the struggles we face as women. This is where we also get some solutions to our problems through interaction with others. I am grateful we are also getting clinical services here because it is not always that we easily access these services,” said one of the participants.