RAU in partnership with Kufunda Village held two participatory workshops on the Art of Hosting with young women leaders in Harare and Bulawayo.
The young women drawn from Kadoma, Bindura, Gwanda and Bulawayo had conversational workshops in an environment where they had equal chances to express their opinions using the Art of Hosting approach.

Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) in collaboration with Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAF) hosted a one day workshop in Bulawayo on how best Matebeleland can achieve economic development in the context of devolution of power.

Research and Advocacy Unit held a two-day training workshop on devolution of power for 30 young women from Kadoma and Bindura in Harare last week.
The workshop, held under the theme, ‘Creating demand for devolution by young women’, was aimed at building capacity for young women on gender, devolution, power and agency with the view to create champions in leading responsive governance programmes in their respective communities.

Women have been grossly marginalized in organs of decision-making and governance structures in Zimbabwe despite the Constitution’s attempt to bridge this gap by providing both women and men with the right to equal treatment, including the right to equal opportunities in political, economic, cultural and social spheres. Gender equality is yet to be achieved and women are still lagging in terms of decision-making processes. A considerable number of young women participated in the 2018 harmonised elections.

When we sent out three reports after the election in July, one of these dealt with the hopes and desires of young women in Bindura two months before the election. RAU went back to Bindura in September after the election and asked these same young women what had been their experience of the election. This new report covers their voting, their feelings about the result and their views about a range of other issues related to elections and participation in elections.

With the passing of the 2013 Constitution came an explicit commitment to gender equality in all aspects of Zimbabwean life, which was an important achievement of the women’s movement in all the lead up to the final draft. A crucial first step to ensuing compliance with the Constitution was for women to achieve parity in representation.

This is a preliminary report on a research project between the Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU), the Institute for Young Women’s Development (IYWD) and HIVOS. The aim behind the study was to examine young women’s reasons for participating or not in the 2018 elections in the context of a pre- and post, matched-sample design. The decision was made to use IYWD as a case study, using its members.

Elections in Zimbabwe have always been bitterly contested affairs since 2000, and women have not been immune from all the problems that emerge during elections. There has been an endless cycle of women victimization when it comes to voting or being elected for political office or within political parties.

In order to facilitate evidence-based advocacy backed by empirical findings, IYWD partnered with the Research Advocacy Unit (RAU) to commission a desk and field research in the form of a national survey titled, “Survey on Young Women’s Political Participation: Her Right of Way, Give Way”. The research established the level of participation, particularly representation of young women in the county’s elective politics at Local Government and Parliamentary levels. The survey will cover all the country’s 10 provinces.

Specific Objectives of the survey were as follows:

The Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) conducted an online survey on young women’s views on current political developments and their hopes in the new dispensation. The purpose of the survey was to capture and amplify the views of young women that are usually not taken into account when it comes to issues of national interest. RAU recognizes that in the spirit of democratic governance young women’s voices matter and are important in contributing to national development.