Our Projects

1 Global Fund for children, under The Spark Fund (2022) funded our       organization under the project titled “An exploration of the impact of internet   Based Platforms (IBPs) on the mental health of young people in     economically  uncertain environments.”

2. In the month of September 2022, we won our second grant from Urgent      Action Fund-Africa (2022) under the project titled “Unpaid Care Work and   Rural Women Participation in the Informal Economy in Zimbabwe: New   Frames and Options Towards creating a Rural Feminist Economy

3. In the same Month of September 2022, we won another grant from Global Youth Mobilization (2022) Grant under the project titled “ Youth Voluntary Action to Avert Drug and Substance Abuse (VADSA Project”

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Women are finally taking their rightful place at the table, breaking barriers and demanding access to opportunities they have long been denied.

It’s time to acknowledge and address the systemic barriers that have hindered women from having equal access to decision-making spaces, leadership roles, and economic opportunities.

Women’s voices bring invaluable perspectives, insights, and contributions to the table. By empowering women and ensuring their full participation, we unlock immense potential for innovation, progress, and inclusive growth.

Gender equality is not just a matter of fairness; it’s a prerequisite for building a more just and sustainable world. Let’s create environments where women’s voices are heard, respected, and valued in every sector and at all levels.

As we strive for a future of true equality, let’s amplify the achievements of trailblazing women, challenge gender biases, and work together to dismantle the barriers that still persist.

#WomenEmpowerment #InclusiveLeadership #EqualOpportunities #DiversityandInclusion #GenderEqualityNow #GenderEquality

Junior Parliamentarians play a vital role in shaping the future! They bring fresh perspectives, passion, and innovative ideas to the table. Supporting youth engagement and empowering their voices is crucial for inclusive governance. Let’s encourage and uplift our young leaders as they contribute to building a better tomorrow! #JuniorParliamentarians #YouthLeadership #FutureOfGovernance”

Transformative Career Guidance & Counseling Sessions at Marirangwe High School Mashonaland East province. Choosing a career path can be a very exciting but also an overwhelming experience. The sessions emphasizes of the importance of career guidance and counseling to help students make informed decisions about their future paths..

Stand up for gender equality! It's time to break free from stereotypes, empower one another, and create a world where everyone thrives. Let's challenge norms, promote inclusivity, and ensure equal opportunities for all genders. Together, we can foster a brighter, more equitable future. #GenderEquality #Empowerment #Inclusion #EqualOpportunitiesForAll

United Nations Zimbabwe Resident Coordinator Edward Kallon expressed his honor in joining the #SDGs Exhibition and had a fantastic tour. He praised the strong collaboration between the UN and the Government, highlighting the efforts of Ministry of Public Service, Labour &Social Welfare and other stakeholders in pursuit of the #GlobalGoals. #SDGSummit

Isheanesu Multi-Purpose Centre For the Disabled| Amplifying the voices of persons with disabilities is an important step towards creating a more equitable and just society, where everyone has the opportunity to participate and thrive. Let's amplify the voices of persons with disabilities, champion their ideas, and give them a seat at the table. Together, we can forge a path towards a more equitable and inclusive future, where their dreams can take flight and their aspirations become reality.

St Peters Chishawasha| Schools play a crucial role in addressing drug abuse among students. They can serve as the first port of call for prevention, early intervention, and treatment of drug abuse. By working together with community partners and families, schools can also help to prevent drug abuse and promote healthy behaviors among students.

Drug abuse is a persistent and concerning issue that poses significant challenges to individuals, families, and communities. In Zimbabwe, impact of drug abuse is particularly felt among the youth population, with increasing rates of substance misuse and addiction. However, amidst these challenges, youth are stepping up to take a stand and show leadership in the fight against drug abuse. #Stopdrugabuse #mentalhealth #drugaddiction #drugabuse

We can use our voice to spread awareness about mental health issues .Taking care of one’s mental health is an essential thing for our well-being and how we influence the people around us. Speak, use your voice, n fight for mental health awareness! “Emotional pain is not something that should be hidden away and never spoken about. There is truth in your pain, there is growth in your pain, but only if it’s first brought out into the open.”— Steven Aitchison #mentalhealthawareness Global Fund for Children #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealth.

The internet presents a double-edged sword for women. On the one hand, it provides vital spaces for women seeking expression and opportunity. On the other, it’s increasingly a vector for abusers targeting women. The COVID-19 pandemic worsened this situation as women spend more time online, increasing their exposure to threats#Online Safety#Positive Mental Health#Gender Equality#mentalhealth

YAL Group in collaboration with The United Methodist Church (UMC) embarked on a colour run to combat GBV and Mental Health Awareness Campaign at Waterfalls UMC Ground. There was participation in sport and physical activity by young people with the intention of improving people's physical, psychological, social, and spiritual health. In addition, sports and games used to help young people build a set of beliefs, skills, competence, confidence, character, compassionate, attributes, and knowledge leading to a healthy and productive life# Positive Mental Health# health assets#Confidence#compasion

Mufakose| Drug and Substance abuse awareness .The church and faith based organisations has a pivotal role to play in addressing drug and substance use reduction in our communities through remodeling public discourses, providing firm foundation of morality, leading in social cohesion and re-intergration, solidifying and harnessing good ethics in society with the aim of creating drug and substance use free society. Today, United Methodist church, Harare Central District in conjunction with YAL Group, took time to sensitize young people on how best to live drug free lifestyles in Mufakose based on Christian values and ethos.

#Climate change is also increasing women’s unpaid work in farming and water and fuel collection. Worldwide women and girls already spend an estimated 200 million hours daily collecting water. In sub-Saharan Africa, where the majority of the world’s poor live, only 55% of households are within 15 minutes of water. Women and girls do 70% of the water collection. Tackling entrenched gender norms and stereotypes is a first step in redistributing responsibilities for care and housework between women and men. It's high time that, we ungender care work policies, remove gender qualifiers, do away with toxic masculinity and more importantly, implement multidimensional approaches in fostering gender equality through women empowerment initiatives. Global Fund for Women Female Student Network Trust Mwanasikana Wanhasi Women's Action Group-Zimbabwe LADEV ZIM

In the face of digital inequality . The rise of new technologies through gadgets, digital platforms and social media. Has witnessed the exploitation and violence against women and young girls through a phenomenon called "gender disinformation". Young Young Africa Intellectuals through its concerted efforts supported by Global Fund for Children is reaching out to communities in fighting discrimatory gendered practice which are shaped by social, economic and cultural structures. Which are being reproduced online platforms. Through advocacy, and evidence based action.

Chinhoyi| Chinhoyi University of Technology the Chosen City for this year Mashonaland West Provincial #Youthday Celebration under the theme: Drug and Substance Abuse, A threat to Vision 2030. Every Community's Responsibility. We dedicated and committed ourselves as young people, active actors and agents of social development through a broad-wide sector approach by celebrating, sharing experiences and skills with various Government line Ministries and Action Stakeholders. The Guest of honour at the Provincial Youth Celebration, The State Minister of Devolution, Mashonaland West Hon Minister Mary Mliswa and the Provincial Leadership from the Ministry of Youth Sports Arts and Recreation toured our tent, where we exhibited our products, ideas and experiences as young people focused on transforming and changing people's lives for better.

Drug abuse is still a growing concern in schools across Zimbabwe. This without a doubt affects learning ability and paying attention in class. We need to work together to stop drugabuse before they kill our youth, our future.

The first step towards prevention of Drug abuse in children is to spread awareness in schools. We should have as part of school curriculum , courses that target awareness against drug abuse. Don't sell, Don't Buy, Don't Use, Don't Cover it up, Speak Out

Chinhoyi| Chinhoyi University of Technology the Chosen City for this year Mashonaland West Provincial #Youthday Celebration under the theme: Drug and Substance Abuse, A threat to Vision 2030. Every Community's Responsibility. We dedicated and committed ourselves as young people, active actors and agents of social development through a broad-wide sector approach by celebrating, sharing experiences and skills with various Government line Ministries and Action Stakeholders. The Guest of honour at the Provincial Youth Celebration, The State Minister of Devolution, Mashonaland West Hon Minister Mary Mliswa and the Provincial Leadership from the Ministry of Youth Sports Arts and Recreation toured our tent, where we exhibited our products, ideas and experiences as young people focused on transforming and changing people's lives for better.

Ultimate Academy in | Kadoma. The fight against substance and drug abuse requires a holistic and multidimensional approach with the Zimbabwe Republic Police their efforts against drug lords, drug barons and cartels. Young Africa lntellectuals (YAL Group) to it to the young people at Ultimate Academy in #Kadoma to sensitize them on explaining how harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol and illicit drugs. One of the key impacts of illicit drug use on society is the negative health consequences experienced by its members. Drug use also puts a heavy financial burden on individuals, families and society.

Ward 35 Stapleford| North West College| Our school-based strategy in fighting drug and substance is problem-oriented, inclusive and youth-led in nature. It embraces social competence and social influence approaches to encourage learners to abstain and desist from abusing alcohol, cannabis, herion, glue, and cough mixtures such as histalix and bronclear.

Mt Hampden. Mashonaland West Province, Zimbabwe Community-driven, inclusive, person-centred and increased focus on the youth in their diversity ( people living with HIV/AIDs, with disabilities, in school, out of school, teen mothers, entrepreneurs).We sensitised the community on the challenges, effects and solutions which can be implemented in rural communities in order to reduce and combat Drugs and Substance use.

Harare| Glenview 3 |The United Methodist churc Our efforts, action and thoughts are intentional and deliberate to create healthy communities free from mental health challenges and substance abuse.As defined by World Health Organization (WHO), Young Africa Intellectualls (YAL Group)took to reach out to young people in Glenview 3 Harare with the support of The United Methodist church to sensitise young people in their diversity to use Zumba dance in order to stay physically, Mentally and Emotionally health.

Ward 35, Zvimba District accompanied by government line ministries and action stakeholders . We reached out to young people, through our open discussions and involving dialogue. We managed to explore the substance abuse root cause analysis, extrapolated the role played by societal structures in addressing it and we explained the Zimbabwe National Drug Master Plan (2020-2025) in detail to the masses. #people #drugsafety #drugabuse #drugaddiction #drugfree #DrugFree

Chinhoyi Mash West Province| Young Africa Intellectuals(YAL Group) Ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation convened a strategic meeting setting the agenda for 2023 in addressing human development challenges in Mash West Province which include but not limited to issues to do with GBV, Teen pregnancy., drug abuse, violence against women & youth skill development etc. In attendance Provincial deputy Director Ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation Mashonaland West Province. Mr Mavune . Mrs Kutyauripo ( District Officer, Ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation Mashonaland West and Acting Mashonaland West Provincial head for Zimbabwe Youth Council Mrs Marima.

Chinhoyi | Mashonaland West Province | Women from Mashonaland West benefited on Leadership training with emphasis on unpaid care work and rural women participation in the informal economy in Zimbabwe.The training saw more than 60 participants receiving Knowledge and skills on creating a feminist economy which puts women and young girls to the center of social development.

Murombedzi | Zvimba District Young Africa lntellectuals (YAL Group) in collaboration with with the Ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation and Zimbabwe Youth Council (ZYC) to time to convene an inclusive, interactive, involving dialogue with the rural youth extrapolating pathways, options, challenges, impacts of drug and substance use in our communities. We the aim of creating healthy communities and future young leaders, the conversation was revolved around embracing youth-led solutions to combat drug and substance use through behaviour change, structural solutions such as strengthening law enforcement agencies and our systems, more importantly capitalising on social networks, relations and institutions within our communities in order to save the younger generation.

Location: Belgravia, Harare, Zimbabwe

Young people leading other young people having an opportunity to discuss issues of multiple partner dating and sugar daddy relationships facilitated by the use of smart phones, dating apps, social media and internet which has proliferated in recent times with young people especially girls in higher learning institutions are at the forefront. Keeping in mind that, one of the primary goals of young adulthood is to establish a committed romantic relationship. The process of building and maintaining a committed romantic relationship is associated by trial-and-error dominated by explorative phase and that involves casual sex adventures and having more sexual partners (online and offline partners), most often times with sugar daddies.

Positive Empowerment Initiatives for YounPeople Youth engagements or symposiums established that, more than ever, with the restructuring of the global economy characterized by neoliberal economics marked by deepening social and economic fractures and inequalities, young people in developing countries like Zimbabwe faces a monumental challenge such as, lack of meaningful participation in national development discourses. Partly, this is due to poor confidence levels, low self-esteem, operating from position of under privileged, lack of economic opportunities, poor infrastructure and the much- needed skills to compete in the digital economy. Unanimously, young people proposed for more Positive Empowerment Programs (PEPs) for young people in their diversity (in school, out of school, pregnant teen mothers, disabled, those living with HIV/AIDs and abusing drugs).

Young Africa Intellectuals (YAL Group) facilitators sensitizing young people about the importance of social media break by creating creating safe spaces for the youth in school, out of school, those employed and unemployed. Through our interventions in the form of convening and facilitating Youth Round Table Discussions (RTDs). It emerged that in order to create safe online spaces for the younger generation. Some participants opted and advocated for social media break. Mental health challenges are more common in society and the more we speak about them, the more we normalize dialogues that encourage people to get the help they need. It was suggested that taking a 4 days break from social media is healthier. It gives people the time to reintegrate and catch up with people in face-to-face interactions, more family time and it gives or liberate people from being controlled by social media giants or being programmed from digital spaces and gadgets. Social Media break from one immersing himself/herself have a significant or profound effect in improving a person’s wellbeing, depression, and anxiety

Dr Ignatius Gutsa, Department of Community Development, University Zimbabwe leading the proceedings in teaching young people about the importance of research in addressing human development challenges such teen pregnancy, gender based violence, drug and alcohol abuse and youth unemployment,

Mrs Mangwanya District Head (Makonde District) from the Ministry of Women Affairs Community, Small and Medium Enterprise Development sensitizing women and girls on the state of unpaid care work and rural women participation in the informal sector, Gender Base Violence(GBV) against women in the informal sector and women's rights issues in the province.

Our Team Leader, Tapiwanashe hadzizi extrapolating the Rural Women Project to various stakeholders in Chinhoyi, Mashonaland West Province proudly sponsored by Urgent Action Fund Africa. The project is premised on exploring how unpaid care work intersects with rural women participation in the informal sector. Most often times, the rural women engages in unpaid care work in the form of child care, farm labour, adult care, caring for the sick and doing domestic chores. But, due to structural issues such unequal gender relations, cultural bottlenecks, toxic masculinity (patriarchy) and capitalism, their efforts often goes unrecognised and unnoticed. To address that, there's need to create a Ferminist Rural Economy(FRC) through research and movement-building in order to create a just society which guarantees women's labour rights(decent work), gender equality, equitable development, fair distribution of resources, property rights and more importantly, formalization of the informal economy along gender lines by paying particular attention to neglected or marginilised communities.

Location: Ward 3, River Range, Mhangura

Taking the Dialogue to the People: Young Africa Intellectuals (YAL Group) with the support of Ministry of Women Affairs Community, Small and Medium Enterprise Development, Ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation and Zimbabwe Youth Council managed to conduct a women Indaba in Ward 3, River Range, Mhangura. To solicit the state of unpaid care work in rural areas. Through involving inclusive community-driven dialogues and exchange of ideas, it was established that, its uncultural and more importantly, unafrican for people not to recognize the efforts of those who engage in helping others who can’t help themselves (sick and the old aged), those taking care of children, orphans, cooking, fetching fire wood, and cleaning in domestic spheres. Unpaid care work is an anathema to traditional practices and cultural values.

Lower levels of education, traditional gender roles, discrimination, and gender-biased laws may curtail women’s possibilities of working in the formal sector. Although informal jobs may offer certain appealing features such as the opportunity to be employed closer to home and greater flexibility, the informal sector can be a poverty trap for women. Female workers remain in activities requiring lower skills and providing lower earnings, which can lead to fewer incentives to invest in young girls’ education, creating perpetual gaps between men and women and reducing economic growth.

Progress made notwithstanding; gaps remain. Women are still overrepresented among the underpaid and unprotected in Ward, 3 River Range, Mashonaland West Province. Despite their contributions to the economy, returns to education are lower for women; gender-based wage differentials persist; market segmentation and occupational segregation further exacerbate inequalities. Last but not least, gender disparities in the division of labour between paid and unpaid work also persist, with men spending more of their work time in remunerative employment and women performing most of the unpaid work.

Looking after one’s own household and family associates’ needs may be labour of love but it is also labour of distress and drudgery. Unpaid care work, to be specific, though entrenched in feelings of responsibility and obligation to others’ wellbeing, is also based in patriarchal structures that intersect with the rest of the economy in ways that need to gain more visibility. The male-breadwinner female-caregiver polar representation maintains a “gendering” ideology that misrepresents and restricts human potential and narrows the range of experiences of “being” and “doing” for men and women. In to attain gender equality we have to address the fact that it is neither “normal” nor “natural” for women to be performing most of the unpaid labour.