First lady engages traditional leaders on child marriages
Moral decadence among teenagers, especially girls, has come under the spotlight, with the first lady, umama u Auxillia Mnangagwa engaging spouses of traditional leaders so that they play a leading role in fighting the vice.
A meeting convened by the first lady, which brought together over one hundred spouses of traditional leaders, including headmen, comes amid concerns of moral decadence that is tearing through both urban and rural communities.
During this forum to mark the beginning of a nationwide campaign to tackle the challenge of wayward behaviour by youths, the first lady bemoaned the twin vices of gender based violence and early child marriages, which are causing social headaches for authorities.
The discussion platform also noted various gaps existing within communities which continue to sideline women in economic development activities.
To bridge this vacuum, proposals from different organisations including the Zimbabwe Women’s Microfinance Bank, Plan International, the Ministry of Women Affairs as well as the Ministry of Youths, Sport, Arts and Recreation, outlined opportunities which women and youths can embark on to unlock their potential.