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CULTURE PROJECT

 

Purpose:

  • Promote the pride of Zimbabwe’s cultural diversity and integration.
  • Promote community development organisation for marginal rural minorities.
  • Cultivating and safeguarding cultural rights in the context of internationally recognized human rights norms including access to education, health and sanitation.
  • Cultivate an environment that seeks to eliminate child marriages for whatever cultural reasons.
  • Cultivate an environment that seeks to eliminate child abuses for whatever cultural reasons.

 

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Culture can help create wealth. It ranges from defining a people to being a main ‘pull factor’ which influences visitors’ initial decision to travel to destinations in different parts of the world. Zimbabwe is rich in cultural diversity yet some communities have unique cultures that have not been put on the national map. CCRD promotes development in selected communities that remain underdeveloped yet they have rich cultures that can be tapped into to support their livelihoods. Such communities include the Tonga of north western Zimbabwe and the Shangaan people of south eastern Zimbabwe.
However the CCRD also notes that there still exist cultures in Zimbabwe where women and children remain particularly vulnerable to sexual violence and have an increased risk of contracting HIV. Young girls at tender ages of 12-13years are married off after some traditional ceremonies and are removed from the protection and love of their birth family, and instead face scorn and forced labor at the hands of their new in-laws. They are pulled out of school early to assume the position of wife and mother, and rarely return to finish their education. They have children at an early age, and are typically unable to offer their daughters any alternative to what they themselves endured.
Women, who lose their husbands through death, also face the challenge of being remarried off to a husband’s relative against their will thereby impinging on their rights. The CCRD acts to promote awareness of right of women facing these circumstances and the right of every child to descent education regardless of cultural background.
Further, certain cultural practices and religious sects conduct cultural ceremonies in unprotected spaces thereby leading to the outbreak of diseases. The CCRD conducts programming that encourages sanity in these areas and the use of methods that promote disease control in cases of ceremonies such as circumcision in rural areas.