Female students can not be divorced from all women globally.They are drawn from the greater majority and have human as well as women rights that need to be upheld. FSNT empowers female students about theirs rights as well as the responsibilities that come with these rights.Great importance is placed on the recognition of International , Regional and National Statutory Instruments that uphold women’s rights within higher institutions of learning. The Network castigates any violation of female students rights as well as all women in the world.In this regard the Network has been instrumental in generating knowledge of female students rights through marches , community engagements and public lectures.
FSNT is currently advancing Sexual Reproductive Health Rights of female students in TEI’s specifically targeting Sexual Violence.
Objective ➢ To increase the level of women’s and human rights awareness amongst female students in tertiary education institutions,
Outcomes to date
FSNT was awarded the 2016 UNESCO Inaugral Award for advancing Girls nad Women’s education.
The Network has support letters from the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development as well as the Ministry of Women Affairs Gender and Community Development.
A strong and vibrant grassroots movement of over 20 000 female students who act as foot soldiers holding duty bearers accountable for their rights.
The Network co-chairs the Prevention Cluster under the Ministry of Women Affairs Gender and Community Development National Gender Based Violence Coordination Forum
Women’s participation in leadership of student bodies
We believe in Leadership that brings women empowerment. FSNT aims at producing female students who are leaders in their own right that recreate history and remain authentic to themselves.A holistic approach is employed using the SmartGirls Model aimed at harnessing the capacity of any female student within tertiary learning environments by empowering them in all aspects to become SMART.
The concept not only speaks to intellectual capacity but, relevance in post academic disengagement and sustainable self-sustenance of female students. An approach that questions the status quo and challenges gender stereotypes embedded within society to become gender sensitive and more responsive to the needs of female students.FSNT also avails support for campaign materials and manifesto development.
➢ To facilitate increased participation of female students in decision making positions of Student Representative Councils (SRC) and other student bodies
Outcomes to date
Due to leadership Development trainings :
In 2017, history was broken at Harare Polytechnic College when the first ever female president, Melisa Tandi was voted into power since 1919 when the institution was established.
In 2017. Belvedere Technical Teachers College recorded a female President, Patience in the SRC.
In 2015, Midlands State University recorded a female President, Adele in the SRC.
In 2012, Mutare Teachers College recorded an all female Student Representative Council (SRC).
In 2012 , Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Polytechnic College recorded a female student president in the SRC.
We recorded an insurgence in the reporting of cases on Sexual Violence as well as other Socio-Economic Problems at our offices. As a pro-active and reactive organization we were quick to notice this as a programming gap that we could redress even without the requisite resources. The human rights perspective and our Smart Girls Model mirrored our perceptions regarding this matter, we could not just sit back whilst female students where suffering. We used to offer psycho-social service through referral systems but, the female students kept coming back citing that most of the organizations we referred them to were not student oriented and grouped them along with other women as a homogeneous group. A concern that resulted in us actioning an idea we had always envisioned of setting up a one stop center which is a safety net for female students across Zimbabwe.It is against this background that a psycho-social department was established in 2016.
Female students are and still suffer very much from Gender Based Violence including Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence as evidenced by the report we receive daily at our offices. The psycho-social department is overwhelmed in terms of limited operational space and resources which calls for a continuous strategic partnership.FSNT is committed to this work and will continue to ensure that the mandate we have of creating safe and conducive learning environments is met.
➢ To facilitate female students’ access to psycho-social, sexual healthy issues, legal aid and other relevant support service
Successes to date
FSNT has successfully handled 30 cases with 4 getting legal recourse.
The Network picked up a female student who was suicidal , seven months pregnant dejected and desperate at Mbare Musika. We managed to give her support until she gave birth, reunited her with her family , and facilitated for her broken relationship with her boyfriend who was denying responsibility to be functional.To date she seem to be doing well and has since gone back to college to pursue her education.
The Network realizes the need to be technologically up bit and makes use of various media platforms to convey varied messages.These include but, not limited to radio and television shows, face book, twitter, blogs, research and documentation. Online campaigns such as the #SmartGirls, #BringbacthespiritofActivism and #SayYes! Have successfully been run. Female students interact and share information, stories of change through these platforms so as to inspire, motivate and encourage each other. Through researching, the Network gets insight on areas that need intervention thus forming the basis female students driven initiatives.
➢ To generate knowledge on pertinent issues affecting female students and get buy in from the general public
Outcomes to date
1.FSNT has become a household name frequenting media houses such as Star Fm, Radio Zimbabwe, Spot Fm, National FM , ZiFm Stereo and other television programs.
Many newspaper articles detailing our work are available via these links.