What Women Want
The global What Women Want campaign heard from more than 1 million women and girls in 114 countries about the one thing they want most for their own reproductive and maternal health care. We use the self-articulated demands of women and girls to drive advocacy on reproductive health services locally and globally.
WRA Zimbabwe led the mobilization of women and girls in Zimbabwe to participate in the campaign, collecting responses to the question "What is your one request for quality reproductive and maternal healthcare services?" from September 2021 to February 2022.
The campaign's success was achieved with the assistance of community mobilisers, together with collaborating organisations and government agencies such as Ministry of Health and Child Care, ZNNP+, Tony Waite Organisation, SAYWHAT, Zimbabwe Confederation of Midwives, Delta Beverages, Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services. The campaign focused on women and girls above the age of 18 in 10 provinces of Zimbabwe, this included women from diverse backgrounds and communities including women in prisons.
Respectful Maternity Care
WRA Zimbabwe is strengthening respectful maternity care by engaging midwives to champion the cause and listening to their feedback on how to best support midwives in providing respectful maternity care. We are currently developing a respectful maternity care toolkit, in collaboration with midwives, to be used by all health care workers to improve the standard of care provided to mothers.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines self-care as “the ability for individuals, families and communities to promote, maintain health, prevent disease and cope with illness with or without the support of a healthcare provider.” Self-care enables individuals to exercise greater autonomy, power, and control of their health, and improve their health and well-being. WRA Zimbabwe is driving the Self-Care movement in Zimbabwe through a community approach, by building health literacy of women and girls in the rural area of Kwewe. This program builds on the WHO’s call for countries to adopt Self-care and lays the foundation for a national self-care strategy to promote healthy lifestyles for families while also realizing health rights in Zimbabwe.
WRA Zimbabwe works with stakeholders and the media advocating for Self-Care and the potential of self-care to accelerating progress towards achieving UHC. These engagements are shaping the perception of Self-Care amongst and seeing leaders and citizens embrace the concept of Self-care growing the Self-Care movement.