YETT has designed programs for promoting the participation of young women. In all its programs YETT has successfully engaged young women through a quota system policy and providing exclusive platforms for young women to develop capacity and engage on issues that affect them and the youth in general. The exclusive spaces afforded to young women resulted in an increase of quality participation by the females through open participation and effective contribution.
YETT also realizes that claiming space for young women is already difficult within a context of patriarchal attitudes and culture, where it is still considered improper for women to speak up and take positions of influence. Therefore, the Young Women Development programme is continuously looking for ways to increase the participation and influence of young women in organizations and in society.
The following interventions are undertaken to facilitate increased participation and representation of young women:
Inter generational Dialogue:
Young Women Leadership Development:
Young Women Leadership Development: This is an opportunity to equip young women to participate in different foras and also impart them with assertiveness skills.Capacity building of young women with relevant skills such as Gender, Feminism, Confidence Building, Women’s Rights, Spirituality and Values as well as leadership, HIV, AIDS and Sexuality will in turn create an informed young women leadership base.
YETT hosted the 2010 Southern African Young Women’s Festival (SAYWF) as a response to the dire need for a safe space for young women in the region to share their own experiences and learn from and encourage each other to engage in activism that transforms their communities.
Participants who have attended the retreat in the past 3 years have emphasized the importance translate knowledge from the workshop to change their communities as they mentioned that human and women’s rights need to be addressed even at family level because that is where oppression begins.
YETT is a youth networking organization committed to the full participation of young people in sustainable development through advocacy and capacity building of youth organizations in Zimbabwe.
We exist primarily to serve the youth and youth organisations and to ensure that the youth are involved in all aspects of development without resorting to violent means.
We work with youth-led organizations that work directly with marginalised young people in urban and rural areas.