Child marriage is a serious threat to the health of girls in Zimbabwe as a result of cultural practices like kuripa ngozi, in which a girl is offered as compensation for a serious crime committed by her family. Child marriage has serious consequences – it can deprive girls of their right to education and expose them to risk during child birth. WAP has established itself as a leading voice for the rights of girls and an active member of the international network Girls Not Brides.
The 2018 Peace Fellow will help WAP’s motivated team to describe its work through photos, blogs, profiles, video and social media; raise funds for an income-generation project; update the WAP website; expand WAP’s network of international partners; and work with WAP to design an innovative pilot project that addresses the root causes of child marriage.
WAP supports disadvantaged and marginalized women and girls in Zimbabwe through holding advocacy campaigns on women human rights, providing training and leadership capacity building workshops and facilitating economic empowerment.
WAP was established by a group of women from different communities of Harare, after the realisation of inadequate attention given to the issues that are affecting women and girls. The organisation is committed at promoting and protecting the rights of vulnerable and marginalized women and girls in communities through holding advocacy campaigns and lobbying for the right of voiceless women and girls.