In the month of August 2021, the WALPE programmes officers took to the streets of Harare and distributed 1 000 washable and branded masks under the 2.2 million Votes For Women From Women election (#SheElectsSheLeads) campaign.
They engaged women in the informal sector, female students and various other women from Mbare, Budiriro, Highfield, Glennorah, Hopely and other surrounding areas.
The distribution of masks will fortify the election campaign since the message will now be carried across the divide on branded masks reminding women of their critical role in the next plebiscites.
The WALPE sensitized the women on the importance of participating in electoral processes both as voters and candidates which is the backbone of the campaign at the same time raising awareness on preventive measures to curb the spread of COVID19.
This was also done as part of the WALPE’s mandate as a member of the national Risk Communication and Community Engagement technical working group under the Ministry of Health and Child Care.
A large of the women engaged expressed great enthusiasm to support the 2.2 million campaign with some men also showing interest in the initiative and pledging to support women in the road to the 2023 elections.
Members of WALPE’s Women Leadership Networks (WALANS) from Epworth, Chitungwiza, Marondera, Murewa and Hwedza amplified their voices for a reformed electoral system during a series of television programs held on BUSTOP TV.