The glamorous event was attended by high profile delegates from the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Southern Africa UNESO office, the Zimbabwe National Commission for UNESCO and FSNT Alumni.
The guest of honour from the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, launched the UNESCO project which seeks to create safe learning environments for female students within TEI’s towards the realisation of SDG 4 on the 2030 Agenda. The main objective of the conference was to roll out a strategic implementation plan and interface of students and ministries, deans and other stakeholders so as to ensure the advancement of girls and women’s education and rights. As well as to garner support and buy in from the various stakeholders present. “This prize comes with a bang, and will contribute to the advancement of women’s rights in line with SDG5 which speaks to gender equality”, said the representative of the Zimbabwe National Commission for UNESCO. Evernice said “I am grateful to UNESCO for recognising FSNT’s efforts in promoting girls and women’s education; however, the PRIZE comes as a challenge as more work is yet to be done by FSNT”. Female students shared their real life experiences on Sexual Harassment in TEI’s as well as testimonials on how FSNT has helped them become better women in society, and representatives from the institutions present pledged to ensure that policies are formulated in institutions that do not have them and effective implementation of these policies is ensured. Partner organisations including Nyahunhure Community Trust, Women’s’ Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCoZ), Education Coalition of Zimbabwe (ECOZI) and Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZIMRIGHTS) delivered their solidarity messages. The conference concluded with commitments from female students, Deans of Students, the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development as well as the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development on the contributions they would make towards the UNESCO project to ensure its successful implementation.