Women’s rights activist wins global award

BY METEMBE SIBANDA
WOMEN’s rights activist Nyarai Gumbonzvanda won a global award last week at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards in the United States of America for her role in promoting gender equality and women’s rights in the country , as well as in the fight against child marriage.

Gumbonzvanda, who attended the event virtually, said yesterday NewsDay that she won the award after submitting an article on sex education, where she argued that it has always been practiced in our culture.

“I am also grateful to the media for the work they have done with us to end gender-based violence and abuse. Without them we really wouldn’t be able to have a strong impact and a strong influence in the communities. The media pushed the issues through investigations, telling the story and changing the narratives on gender issues, ”she said.

In her acceptance speech, Gumbonzvanda urged parliament to swiftly draft the long-awaited marriage bill, which she said would help end the scourge of child marriage.

Patricia Espinosa, director of the main United Nations agency on climate change, was among the five laureates honored at the awards ceremony. She was recognized for her work in promoting women’s rights around the world.

This year, the awards celebrated extraordinary pioneering women who work to promote and empower the rights, roles, opportunities and protection of women and girls around the world.

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