The Zimbabwe International Women’s Awards – ZIWA – was birthed from the realisation that many worthy and deserving Zimbabwean women across the globe are overlooked. Adhering to Ghandi’s assertion to ‘be the change you wish to see’, we set out to change this status quo, and in 2014 launched an event to host and celebrate trailblazing divas of Zimbabwean origin. Through recognising women internationally, we seek not only to applaud them, but also to inspire others to know that the glass ceiling is only but a mirage. Zimbabwean women are known for their work ethos; as Huchu rightly states in the novel ‘Hairdresser of Harare’, ‘we have forgotten who we are: ‘the children of the builders of the great Zimbabwe, the eternal city of stone.’
ZIWA are excited to share with you our latest developments. This year we are taking it to another level! Our team has expanded. We have also launched the ZIWA Community Programme that we hope can help empower the next generation. We encourage everyone to get involved. This programme will offer free personal development and empowerment support echoing the well-known adage, ‘if you educate a girl you educate the whole nation.’ We have also built a strong network of inspirational women, who are making big strides in their respective professional fields to act as mentors in our Mentorship Programme.
In addition, ZIWA will offer an awesome cocktail of empowerment opportunities that include our Single Parent, Health and Wellbeing, and Business Support Network Groups. These programmes are in the reach of every Zimbabwean woman, and we invite all to take part.
Our website – http://www.ziwaawards.com – will launch in April 2015 with details of the 2015 ZIWA Celebration and supporting programmes.
Shingai Mushayabasa for ZIWA