The current strategy for the Nyanga Local Rights Program was developed in 2014 through consultative meetings with community members focusing on reduction of identified challenges which were gender based violence, teenage pregnancies and child marriages. The program is funded by ACTIONAID INTERNATIONAL ZIMBABWE (AAIZ) targeting women, girls, men, boys and traditional leaders in wards 4, 6, 7, 15, 19, 21, 22, 23, 27 and 29 of Nyanga District. The goal is to improve quality of life for women and girls in Nyanga through reduction of GBV and improving access to sexual reproductive health services. In 2015, the program reached 1 699 rights holders with various trainings and services like, effects of child marriages, legal instruments and reporting cases of GBV and child marriages. The program availed a contingency fund to assist survivors of GBV to access health and legal services. In 2015, ten (10) survivors of GBV were assisted to access health and legal services using the fund.
The Rural Women Assembly (RWA) mobilized and trained by FACT on laws against GBV and child marriages are taking responsibility in ensuring that survivors access health and legal services by referring them to local police posts and local clinics. Cases which were about to be dropped due to witnesses and survivors failing to attend court were finalized and 12 perpetrators were sentenced. Young apostolic sect women in ward 21 who used to be deprived the right to freedom of association and information on SRHR joined a support group where they gained knowledge on SRHR information through discussion sessions. 54 survivors of GBV were trained on skills for their income generating project in bean production. 150 women and girls have been supported to attend advocacy platforms influencing gender responsive service delivery at district, national and regional level. Two women attended a regional women land rights campaign in Tanzania whilst 150 participated during national campaign on women land rights where the Minister of State for Manicaland and the Minister of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development signed a commitment to ensure women have access and control of land.
FACT ensures that its beneficiaries receive knowledge backed up with economic strengthening projects. A flourishing teen mothers’ support group bean project in Ward 21 (Magadzire) of Nyanga District, Zimbabwe.