PACDEF is working 8 women peace committees in marginalized communities of Zimbabwe. The women had been affected by gender discrimination, rights violation and face African taboos from cultural norms and challenges from their men counterparts in Zimbabwe. The project is working with 240 less privileged women by providing life skill, leadership and capacity development programs. Some of the women have been supported with farming equipment and community development projects in Zimbabwe.
There are more 8.450 women living in the selected rural areas of Zimbabwe facing problems like discrimination, gender disparities and abuse from their men counterparts, and this had caused a high rate of gender based violence and sexual abuse to this women.PACDEF in partnership with UN Women is working directly with the local authorities to address this challenges which are manifested in cultural norms, beliefs and attitudes in the society.
PACDEF and UN Women had established 8 peace committees, and empowered them for conflict resolutions, peace building and economic empowerment of the women through capacitated them to be assertive and to stand up to speak for their rights within the society. The organization will train peace journalists who will represent women issues through the media publications. The project will promote women participation in the local chiefs councils within the communities.
The project will train 240 gender champions for them to promote gender peace and security for the marginalized women in the communities The women will be involved local forum participations as leaders within the society for instance women will become members of the chiefs council. The build a culture of women participation in women rights, gender equality and equity within their societies.