Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCoZ) is a national network with over 15 years experience of coordinating 100 member organisations, 10.000 individual women right’s activists and 10 provincial chapters. Its mandate is to create a focal point to champion collective women’s rights advocacy activism. Since its formation WCoZ coordinated a number of policy advocacy campaigns, chief among all was a Women and Constitution Campaign from 2012 to 2015.
The Campaign galvanized female parliamentarians, women’s rights groups and individual women’s rights activists, the academia, faith-based institutions, youths and the general public from all sectors and levels of the community to lobby and articulate women’s issues during the constitution making process. Subsequently, 75% of women’s demands are in the new supreme law which makes the constitution the ever gender responsive constitution in Zimbabwe.
WCoZ members are diverse and coordinated in clusters based on their area of expertise and passion. The current nine thematic clusters focus on politics and decision making, health, legal and constitutional rights, an education, gender based violence, economic empowerment, peace building, environment, media and ICT. The clusters implement programmes in their respective geographical areas and at national level advocacy.
The grassroot member organisations and the ten provincial chapters namely Harare, Chinhoyi, Mutare, Gwanda, Bulawayo, Gweru, Masvingo, Marondera, Bindura and Kariba work at the local level to implement programmes, local level advocacy and campaigning work among others.