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  • THABANI PATIENCE MANJENJENJE FOUNDATION

Background of Thabani Patience Manjenjenje Foundation

Thabani Patience Manjenjenje Foundation is an organization which was established in December 2016 with the aim of economically empowering vulnerable women and the girl child in both urban and rural areas in Zimbabwe (starting with Harare Province). This organization came to life through live radio talk shows and discussions which the founder engages in on radio during her shows at one of the State Broadcasters in the country, thus seeing the need to empower the woman and the girl's mind after feedback obtained from the live broadcasts. The feedback obtained reinforced patriarchal tendencies in Africa. Siyandawrites.com defines Patriarchy as, “A gendered power system


A network of social, political and economic relationships through which men dominate and control female labour, reproduction and sexuality as well as define women’s status, privileges and rights in society. It is a successful system because those that gain this privilege are often unaware of it and therefore inadvertently perpetuate the ill treatment of the people in this society whose suffering is the fulcrum upon which this society turns. Most women in African societies suffer from vulnerability, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, financial constraints, inadequate health care, poverty, over-dependency etc. The Journal of International Women’s Studies VOL. 11 #4 May 2010 states that, “The ‘feminization of poverty’ is a feature of much of the developing world, with females accounting for half of the world’s population but 70% of the poor (Moghadam, 2005). Therefore, because of such statistics and information a need was identified that besides all the traditions and cultures which inhibits women and the girl child, their mindset or thinking should be emancipated from an over dependency syndrome where they look up to their spouse for absolutely everything including the right to live, but be able to pursue economic opportunities, for instance access to economic assets such as land and loans, without eroding the cultural values and at the same time keeping their place as the helper in the home



In African societies the woman is perceived as a ‘jural minor’ for most of their life falling under the guardianship of both their fathers and then their husbands. Through this the woman, is socialized to become over dependent as in even in growing up they are not cultured into working/fending for themselves, thus making them vulnerable to men. It is under this backdrop that a need to empower their mind to think outside the ‘marriage box’ and be able to improve rural livelihoods by promoting Income generating activities and making best use of local resources that will enable them to fend for themselves. Questions may arise as to why, and the answer will be that in the event of the death of a spouse, the woman will be able to take care of the children in the same manner the husband used to fend for the family, i.e. their lifestyle when husband was there should not change


Our purpose is to a real leader in economic women empowerment programmes through life skills training at all levels




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