Her Story

Founded in 2009, IYWD is a young women oriented organisation based in the remote parts of Mashonaland central, in rural areas and on farms with marginalized people. The organisation has built its work on a strong base of work done by feminist ancestors who fought for women’s rights in the past.The journey has been exciting thus far as it has seen the continued growth of the organisation which continues to build its previous work since inception, learning from it and continuously improving. The journey to nurture and profile young women’s vital voices in national processes continues and learning remains the greater part of it.

The journey markers:


  • Giving birth to IYWD – legal registration
  • Attended a young women’s Feminist training (beginning of feminist ideological understanding)
  • Consultations on young women’s lived realities at a members house in Trojan
  • Inception meeting – held at Mayfair Lodges, Bindura
  • Rented a one-roomed office  in Bindura


  • Mapping our Strategic direction( 2010-2012) with members, board and  partners
  • Young women’s rights training workshop at Mayfair lodges
  • Community drama performances (awareness raising through art)
  • Focus group discussions on young women’s rights and participation
  • HIV Ambassadors training
  • Inaugural 16 Days Commemoration
  • Participation at Youth Leadership Training (hosted by YETT)
  • Participated at the Southern African Young Women’s Festival



  • Documentary on Young women’s Lived Realities
  • Establishment of a Young Women’s training centre
  • Entrepreneurship training
  • Training on making of re-usable sanitary pads and school uniforms
  • Attended the training course offered by Empretec Zimbabwe on entrepreneurship
  • 16 Days commemoration in Mazowe district
  • Training on dish washer and ice cream making
  • Small scale chicken farming of the indigenous breed( road runner)
  • Seed capital -young women’s projects.
  • Publication of Her story newsletter
  • Annual Report and Annual Audit



  • Expanded programme on young women’s rights training (using a simplified manual)
  • Engaging with traditional leaders on young women’s participation (community dialogue meetings)
  • Para-legal status in traditional courts (2 cases influenced and documented)
  • Establishment of an independent tailoring group (young women arise)
  • Strategic Plan review
  • Team building training at the centre
  • Global entrepreneurship commemoration (hosted by YETT 2012)
  • Supplied winter school uniforms for a primary school in Shamva
  • Held 16 days of activism against gender violence commemoration
  • Peace Ambassadors Netball tournament at Chipadze Primary school
  • Won the National Peace Ambassadors Netball tournament in Harare
  • IWD commemoration in Bindura through a clean-up campaign in March
  • Parliament learning visit with 40 young women and toured Parliament
  • My Right of Way Give Way campaign



  • Production and publication of  documentary  and booklet, ‘On the Case with IYWD’
  • Expanded awareness raising, advocacy and lobbying for community based mechanisms for peace and security
  • Data collation on VAW in the public sphere
  • Full scale formation of peace committees
  • Project based audit
  • Expanded membership to Shamva district
  • Documentation of IYWD success stories
  • 16 days commemorations in Shamva, Mazowe and Bindura
  • Live concert in Bindura



  • Participated in the 1Billion Rising for Justice campaign
  • Chiefs’ written commitment to tackling VAW and girls
  • Incorporating traditional dance and art in our work
  • Consultations on members’ active participation in organisational programme design and implementation
  • Reviewing and development of our policies and plans
  • IWD commemorations
  • Continued formation of peace committees
  • And journey continues…



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  1. […] You can find more information about our other partners here: Coast Women in Development, Kenya; Institute for Young Women’s Development, Zimbabwe; and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, […]

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