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Women on campaign to restore female inmates dignity

LOCAL theatre actress and entertainment manager Wadzanai Gumbo has teamed up with a colleague, Verna Zisengwe, on a campaign to restore the dignity of their incarcerated female counterparts and children.

BY ALBERT MASAKA

The move has attracted sponsorship from of one of the biggest local sanitary pads manufacturers, Onsdale Enterprises, which makes the “Farai” brand of sanitary wear and toilet paper, among other comfort products.

Wadzanai Trust, in collaboration with Heart of a Woman Trust, is launching a campaign dubbed “Make A Difference” with the theme Restore Women’s Dignity to amplify International Women’s Day commemorations on March 24, 2018.

Gumbo who is the founder of Wadzanai Trust, told The Standard Style last week that the event was going to be held at Evolution at Hellenic Cultural Centre in Harare.
“The aim of our campaign was to raise awareness on issues that affect women and also appeal to communities, corporates, churches and individuals to attend and donate to “our fellow sisters who are at Chikurubi Female and Bindura prisons and also girl orphans that are housed at Harare Children’s Home,” she said.
“We wish to hold the campaign quarterly in different settings and reach out to many women across Zimbabwe. Every effort counts, a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.”

Onsdale sales and marketing manager Paddington Mupfururirwa said the company was going to donate pads and diapers, as well as educate people in attendance on the proper use, storage and disposal of their products.

“We are going to be partnering with them on Saturday [yesterday] for their MAD Party initiative as part of our corporate social responsibility efforts. They gave us a list of the their requirements to successfully host their event and we are going to donate diapers and sanitary pads for the noble cause,” he said.

“We are also going to offer sanitary pads at entry at a very discounted price and take the opportunity to educate people on the proper use, storage and disposal.

Heart of a Woman Trust founder Zisengwe said they had decided to partner each other as they share a common cause of assisting vulnerable women and their children in prisons and will have someone from the ministry of women to address issues that affect women.

Gumbo said women in Zimbabwe over the past years had been subjected to numerous ills and vices of society due to the traditional African set-up.

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