Young Women for Good Governance (YWGG) is a small rural based community membership driven organization established in 2012 to advance social and economic justice amongst young feminists. It was formed in response to the critically low representation of Zimbabwean women in issues to do with governance, especially in peri-urban and rural areas, which are characterized by poverty amongst women, and low women participation in socio-economic activities. It was established with the view that where women are involved in governance issues, there is transparency, accountability, honesty and peaceful resolution to conflicts.
The vision of YWGG is a rural society in which all women have equal opportunities and are empowered to make decisions in the socio-economic and political. They believe that supporting young feminists is key to the expansion, rejuvenation and sustainability of young feminists. Part of their work involves mobilizing young women to become active citizens with the ability to analyse power relations and claim their rights in the governance of their respective communities.
As a result of their efforts, there was very little political violence in the 2013 national elections in the areas we operate. They also discourage partisan interference of war veterans and chiefs in their politics. YWGG highly commends the Constitutional Court which finally outlawed child marriage and struck down section 22(1) of the Marriage Act, which for years had allowed children under the age of 18 years to marry. They view the landmark ruling as a major victory in the fight against child brides and poverty. A UNICEF report (2015) had estimated that 31% of girls in Zimbabwe were married before their 18th birthday, putting the country among four Southern African countries with the highest rates of girl child marriages. Prior to the judgment, laws pertaining to marriage in Zimbabwe discriminated against girls.
One of YWGG current fights is to bring the Zimbabwe Government to account in regard to US$15billion that was allegedly stolen at the Chiadzwa Diamond mines. Young Women in Marange District say the government should take corrective steps thoroughly to deal with the missing money and bring to book all companies that have refused to honour their pledges to the Zimunya-Marange Community Share Ownership Scheme. During the public hearing conducted by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment at Bambazonke, Marange women who took part during the meeting came out in large numbers demanding their share. They told the portfolio committee that since the discovery of the diamonds the resource has brought more problems leaving the community much poorer than before. Besides lack of development in Manicaland, villagers say their livestock are dying due to heavy pollution of river sources.