… did you ask yourself about women’s liberation in the rural communities of Binga in Zimbabwe…?
The contributions by Sirpa Jokinen, audio artist from Finland, and by Yes Afrika Women’s Forum to “The Women of the Great River” call-out tell us about it – based on the stories brought to us by Rosemary Cumanzala, director of the women’s organisation Zubo Trust in Binga.
“…it’s taboo! I can’t allow my wife to be in the public…”
Zubo Trust began to work with the women of the community in conversational meetings with the husbands, sensitizing the men for women’s issues, that was the aim.
“…but why are the women not speaking…?”
once first steps were done and the women were attending the meetings, Zubo continued gentle inquiring in to the power structures that be…
“…Women Issues are women’s issues! There is no way a man can pretend to be a woman…!”
even the men were coming to this solution, Rosemary tells us in the recordings.
It is this story – clip10 of the call-out playlist – which Sirpa Jokinen embeds in a resonant scenario with her remix. Listen to Sirpa’s beautiful accentuation of Rosemary’s story of women’s empowerment in Binga:
Today many women in Zubo Trust’s economic empowerment projects are able to stand on their own feet, fend for themselves and their families.
“…the women of the Kapenta project are even employers of men…”
“…in some families, women became the breadwinners; the husbands are taking care of the children…”
So goes the continuation of Rosemary’s story documented in the footage recordings of the Yes Afrika Women’s Forum.
Podcast 5, contributed by Yes Afrika Women’s Forum, features Rosemary’s story of women empowerment in Binga and places it in a triple frame: Rosemary’s conversation and exchange of experiences with members of Yes Afrika Women’s Forum in Germany in June 2015; the story of Zubo’s all-women-fishery project told by Rosemary’s junior colleague in Binga, Abbigal Muleya (recorded in Nov.2012); and, the history of the BaTonga’s displacement from the river (using clips 2, 3, 5, 10, 12, 14 and 56 of the call-out playlist).
ZUBO Trust is a women-run organization working with the rural women of the Zambezi valley in Zimbabwe since 2009. Offices are in Binga and Bulawayo. Zubo Trust has accomplished well-recognized work in organizing the rural women, establishing producer collectives, securing women’s lively-hoods, and boosting their independence and self-esteem. One of Zubo’s pioneering initiatives is an all-women fishery project. Further projects include organic agriculture, developing cosmetic products and, the local crafts, especially basket weaving.
Abbigal Muleya talks about the work of Zubo Trust with the women in Binga to radio continental drift/ claudia wegener, in a recording from 2012 in Binga outside Basilwizi Office.