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“BE THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF INORDER TO ACHIEVE WHAT YOU WANT.” THE BEST WAY TO FIGHT GBV.


Hopolang Phororo the Founder of (DD4P) watches proceedings at the 2020 Daughters destined For Purpose (DD4P) Poetry Competition Awards Ceremony held at the Harare City Library.

A carefully crafted persuasive and assertive choice of words as in poetry, are a mark of best practice in the fight against Gender Based Violence. It emerged as Hopolang Phororo the Founder of (DD4P) inspired   girls and boys at the 2020 Daughters destined For Purpose (DD4P) Poetry Competition Awards Ceremony held at the Harare City Library. “Be the best version of yourself in order to achieve what you want.” She said. The annual event which has been running since 2016   had a dual purpose of commemorating 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence and recognizing winners of the 2020 DD4P Poetry Competition.

 Ms. Phororo who was the guest of honour is an accomplished poet and author of the book “Joy Comes In The Morning” held several administrative positions in the public and private sectors including conducting researches   on establishing life changing interventions. The (DD4P) Founder encouraged girls to be the best version of themselves in order to achieve what they want. A disciplined and focused mindset and a relentless pursuance of goals is needed in order to achieve a brighter future.  She said. DD4P receives to give material goods and finances for the purposes of empowering girls and as a new development, boys through new project STRENTH led by Simba Manyureni a member of the judges’ panel for DD4P Poetry Task Team.  The new development seeks to groom boys to be gender responsive and good leaders who strictly shuns gender base violence. Said Simba Manyureni in an after the event interview.

Molline Marume , UN Women Programme Specialist of Women Economic Empowerment, health and HIV and EVAW programs in Zimbabwe  said that 2020 UNiTE Campaign Theme: “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect! seeks to establish a conducive environment such as the soothing orange colour through adequate resourcing, sequenced activities in response to the GBV crisis, prevention and credible information gathering. The theme for this year encourages governments to pull resources together and adequately resource implementing organizations and partners in the fight against GBV, Just but to summarize her short speech. Child protection on usages of ICT is necessary in order to curb online bullying which is a form of Gender Based Violence.     

Annah Matsika an Advisor and co-convener of The Space said that an accurate analysis of the situation on the ground on the effects of the Covid19 Pandemic is still yet to be done considering that most of relief efforts has been targeted to urban populations. The situation is worse off with the rural women and girls who need protection from Gender Based Violence and in particular engagement in forced sex work in order to take care of basic needs.

During the chat and mingle after the event, in response to my question, What would have been the best way in handling the Covid 19 Pandemic as a disaster in terms of resourcing? The DD4P Founder Hopolang Phororo said that The Covid 19 Pandemic came unexpectedly and gave no one time to do careful planning. Governments lacked resources and resilient social protection systems to commendably and resourcefully contain the crisis. Inclusive dialogue as opposed to top down communication and actions based on domestic funds provide better solutions to problem solving, she said.

The exclusive event due to Covid19 Pandemic induced lockdown restrictions had one of the key speakers labelling Gender Based Violence as another worse of disaster which emerged during the lockdown. The 2020   Daughters Destined for Purpose (DD4P) Poetry Competition Awards Ceremony was themed on reflections on Covid19 and Communicating 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence.  One of the winning poets read in part  

“Welcome to our home,

A house with blood smears on walls,

And broken glasses on floors

Welcome to the home where women have no value,

All we know is breaking and suffering.”

Another exciting creative piece of work from Arundel Girls High student Mazvita Chadzimura read that,

“Welcome home…..

Yes, he lost his job so he gets angrier but no, I am not being abused.

Yes, he has insisted I work from home but no, I am not being abused

Abuse is not my fear of oxygen being snatched away from me at every wrong

Word, nor is it the threats that keep praying I will not wake.

Our love is sweat, our love is pure, and our love is soft………

 Winners of the 2020 DD4P POETRY COMPETITION FOR HE 13-15 YEAR Old Category were according to rank from the first to the sixth Charlotte de Bruijn ( Chisipite Senior School, Harare), Mazvita Madzimura (Arundel School, Harare), Takudzwa Chaita (Monte Cassino girls High School, Macheke), Brendon Mtiwere (Cornway College, mount Hampden), Shadelle Dzingorira (Roosevelt Girls High School, Harare) and Tendekai Allan Sibanda (Milto High School, Bulawayo).

Winners of the 2020 DD4P POETRY COMPETITION FOR HE 16-19 YEAR Old Category were according to rank from the first to the sixth Memory Bvungo(Irene Christian College, Harare), Tanatswa Chagonda ( 2019 Graduate Chisipite senior School), Makomborero Nhau (Roosevelt Girls High School, Harare) , Nokutenda Gumbie (Goldridge College, Kwekwe), Christa Mtemasanga ( Petra College, Bulawayo), Nonkosi Chelsea- Rose Tazibona (St Columbus High School, Bulawayo).

The winners were awarded certificates, floating trophies ,satchels, masks, tablets  and smartphones in recognition of heir efforts.

STORY BY TENDAI A. SAUTA 0772761139 (28-11-2020)

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