Zimbabwe has endemic problems of marginalisation for many group which leads to human rights infringement, exclusion and limited participation in social, economic and political activities. Common factors of marginalisation include sex, sex orientation, economic status, occupation, disability, age, health status, geographical location, religious and political affiliation.
Through our analysis we have identified women, girls and people with disability to be disproportionately affected in Zimbabwe’s due to their low social and economic status. Tendencies for exclusion tend to increase in boarder districts, and provinces where poverty precipitates.
The ECID programme seeks to foster collaboration among civil society to effect inclusion and empowerment of marginalised women, girls and people with disabilities in Manicaland and Matebeleland North Provinces of Zimbabwe.
Priority areas focus on access to services (health and education), social welfare, social protection, economic policies and public finance accountability, and other emerging areas as identified and prioritised by communities.
The programme’s objective are:
- Improved access to health and education services for women, girls and people with disability in Zimbabwe.
- Increased participation in decision-making processes for women, girls and people with disability in Zimbabwe.
- Increased effectiveness of civil society and other actors at all levels to address the priorities of women and people with disability in Zimbabwe.
- Greater accountability and responsiveness of power holders to the priorities of women and people with disability in Zimbabwe.
The work is led by Christian Aid and implementing partners at national level who will deliver in-country activities, including community mobilisation and advocacy.