The Zimbabwe Energy Workers Union (Zewu) joined other Confederation of Zimbabwe Trade Unions (COZITU) affiliates in commemorating 8 March, International Women’s day, on Saturday, 12 March 2016 at Raylton Sports Club under the theme STEP IT UP, NGAZVIENDE MBERI, AKHUYE PHAMBILI.
Over 200 comrades converged at Raylton Sports Club from various areas to celebrate this very important day with ZEWU recording the highest number of attendants i.e 110 drawn from different branches including Harare, Norton, Chinhoyi, Marondera, Bindura and Banket.
The key note address of the event was delivered by the Acting President of COZITU, Mrs. Angeline Chitambo who was the guests of honour. In her speech, she encouraged all stakeholders to STEP IT UP for gender equality as everything begins with women as individuals and collectively. She emphasized that “there is nothing for us without us”. The audience was challenged to advocate for gender equality in all spheres of life be it society, politics, business sector etc.
The event was also blessed by the founding member of COZITU Comrade Lovemore Matombo and leadership from COZITU affiliates i.e ZEWU, CAWUZ, PTUZ, CASWUZ, COLAZ and ZRDCWU who were also amongst the guests. Supporting comrades from International Socialists Organization (ISO), students from University of Zimbabwe and Comrade Munyaradzi Gwisai of Munyaradzi Gwisai & Partners Legal Practitioners were present and gave solidarity speeches.
The day was filled with a chain of activities which entertained the crowd including a soccer match by a team of men and women from COZITU affiliates, drama on HIV and AIDS from affiliates and another one from BRIGGS Zano College students which was on workers’ rights, modeling by men and poems from a student, Hope Matimbe.
ZEWU congratulates COZITU Women Advisory Committee (WAC) chairperson, Mrs J. Masiya and her team for organizing a successful event.
We continue to encourage our members to attend these crucial events and anticipate that they will participate in the upcoming commemorations of the May day commemorations.