The Provincial coordinator for Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) and NANGO Midlands Board member Mrs Rachel Kufirwa has scooped the prestigious Women Empowered for Leadership (WE4L) Award sponsored by Women Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCOZ) in partnership with Hivos.
The award is part of WCOZ strategy in strengthening women’s effective participation in leadership positions at provincial levels where it recognized and appreciated outstanding women leaders within civil society organisations and public administration institutions.
Mrs Kufirwa a WCOZ member pioneered various projects in the Midlands province which include the Youth and Leadership aimed at accommodating YWCA youth in governance structures, Sister to Sister Initiative to groom and mentor young women as well as Leave No One Behind an initiative that was done to empower Women living with Disabilities.
She has been involved in mentoring and empowering other women to boost their confidence in society through the Strengthening Livelihood Options for Women and Youth (SLOWY) project aimed at encouraging and capacitate women to run projects such as poultry, gardening, peanut butter making and detergent making.
Over the years Kufirwa worked on an empowerment initiatives strengthening women’s voices to encourage women to take up positions in public offices, raising awareness on GBV, peace building and reconciliation as well as encouraging women to participate.
Mrs Kufirwa said she is honoured to receive the WE4L Award.
“I am grateful to win this award. It comes from the hard work we do to empower women in communities. I want to thank WCOZ for their mentorship.
“The WCOZ platform gave me strength to deliver without any funds. And credit is given to them for empowering me and my organization.
“I am passionate about women’s rights and I have always wanted to see a lot of women attaining leadership positions in all spheres of life,” she said.
WCOZ Midlands Programs Coordinator Vimbai Nhutsve has urged women to amplify their voices by taking up leadership positions as well as working towards improving the livelihoods of people in their communities through various initiatives that empowers women.
The WE4L Award saw seven women from different organisations affiliated to WCOZ participated with Tendai Marobana who is the Publisher of Midlands Monitor and Tsitsidzaishe Shumba Business Development Officer- SMES become runners up.