The Talia Women’s Network Launch & Fundraising Dinner was held on the 15th of June 2018, with the aim of launching the organisation and communicating the strategic focus to the stakeholders. Themed ‘Collaborating to Provide African Solutions to African Problems’, the event was held at Cresta Lodge, Msasa and was attended by representatives from government, private sector, NGO sector as well as church organisations. More than 100 people attended the event, with representatives from CBZ Holdings, MetBank, SeedCo, Egmont Trust, Ulendo Capital, a representative from the Ministry of Women and Youth Affairs, Mr Chimboza, and other representatives from renowned organisations.
Speaking at the launch, the Talia Women's Network Director, Mrs Saliwe Zakariya stated that the organisation exists for the empowerment of young women, girls and communities in situations of poverty, illiteracy, disease and social injustice. The organisation was founded on Biblical principles to represent a network of young women and girls subjected to socio-economic challenges across the country. ‘Talia’ is a Hebrew word which means ‘Dew from Heaven’ and just as dew is essential to rejuvenate and refresh the vegetation, especially when there is no rainfall, Talia Women’s Network seeks to be the place where young women and girls come to experience refreshment and the newness of life from all the difficulties and challenges that life presents. Mrs. Zakariya highlighted that the strategic focus for the organisation is Education & Leadership Development; Economic Empowerment & Livelihoods; and Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights.
There were moving testimonials from the young women who participated in the Young Women Leadership Development Program since November 2017. The testimonials by Peace Mtize, Sympathy Sibanda and Adeva Gwenzi helped shine a light on the vision of Talia as an organisation.
The dynamic guest speakers made inspiring presentations. Rachel Nyaradzo Adams, spoke of the four pillars for effective leadership, which are Courage, Legitimacy, Negotiation and Inclusivity. She highlighted that women should be courageous and learn to negotiate for their space, not expecting everything to be handed over to them just because they are women. Other guest speakers included Dr. Rutendo Bonde who spoke about ‘Women’s Health & Wellness for Economic Prosperity’; Mellany Msengezi-Mariri, GM Marketing Econet Wireless who spoke on ‘Young Women Rising: The Unseen Barriers’ and Virginia Sibanda, CEO VIRL Microfinance, who spoke on ‘The Power to Lead: Creating Enterprise Development Opportunities for Young Women’. All the speakers encouraged Talia to go beyond their current mandate to include young men and boys in the conversations and program initiatives.
The event also saw the launch of the ‘10k Girls Padded Up’ where Talia Women's Network intends to provide Chayil Reusable Pads to 10,000 disadvantaged young women and girls over the next year. Several guests at the event pledged their support to this worthy initiative.
In her closing remarks, a board member, Ms. Lillian Mbayiwa, underpinned the declaration from Esther 4 verse 14, ‘… For such a time as this…’ and encouraged the various stakeholders to collaborate to enhance the quality of life of young women and girls in the nation because we have been placed on this earth and been given these blessings for such a time as this.
The host for the evening was Power FM Station Manager, Rumbidzai Moyo who sustained a jovial and pleasant mood throughout the night. Diana Samkange and her band provided the entertainment.