SGDZT is carrying out awareness campaign on Breast Cancer . The organization is making effects to empower marginalized women with knowledge on the signs and symptoms of breast cancer .
The month long awareness is a global annual campaign with aims to fight breast cancer through encouraging women to get tested early .
SGDZT is an affiliate to Zimbabwe Sexworkers Alliance(ZIMSWA) and Global Network of Sexworkers project (NSWP) we are saying our country received Global fund to procure standardized condoms like panther and FC2 female condoms through USAID that are affordable and the elite people in towns and tertiary institutions do not want to use cheap condoms due to their myth and misconception.
Zimbabwe family planning council has created the flavored new blue gold condom that is affordable by everyone even a rural sexworkers are using it. If we use an expensive durex condom, it’s one’s choice but I am advocating for the Marginalized Groups to utilized the affordable blue gold condoms and FC2 condoms that are found in public places and our peer educators are distributing them day in day out and only people who cares about their lives are using it. Since the start of HIV and AIDS pandemic, people living with HIV and other faith based couples were using it when their wives are on their monthly period but they did not complain only those who are considering their leisure pleasure are DE-campaigning for the use. SGDZT as a marginalized organization we encourage people to take prevention as their priority, affordability, accessibility and accountability.
On availability panther condoms are found at many public places through ZNFPC as the distributor. accessibility: there are available and accessible without any cost
accountability: people are informed about the changes and the stock levels every quarter.
so we urge our Zimbabwean people to prioritize what is important and our last warning to those who cannot use public condoms let them buy, but for the Marginalized groups who cannot afford durex let’s continue to use panther condoms.
one scenario is if our government opt to buy flavored durex which are expensive how many of us are to get those condoms please don’t disadvantage the marginalized community
(Space for marginalised Groups in Diversity in Zimbabwe Trust SGDZT Director
While others are crying during this indefinite lockdown due to restrictions imposed by the government this is not the case for Simbiso a sex worker from Ngundu Chivi south constituency.
She has established a thriving business of selling maize to villagers using her previous interactions with truck drivers
The mother of four gets her maize supply from as far as Karoi and the transporters who are her clients delivers to her .
Speaking to Space for Marginalised Groups in Diversity in ZimbabweTrust Simbiso said “my business is thriving l am now able to cater for my four children including my sister and her three children”.
Simbiso’s life is significantly changing during this Covid 19 lockdown as she is no longer depend on money from sex work. She is now able to afford the ever sky rocketing basic commodities.
Every year on the 17th of May the world commemorates the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia IDAHOT . This year’s theme is Breaking The Silence .
and remembering all the LGBTIQ who lost their lives due Homophobic and Transphobia .
Covid-19 has come as a disaster as most key populations are not having access to food .As low income earners most of the affected are now finding it difficult to put food on their table
Speaking to SGDZIMTRUST sex workers expressed their predicament during this time of Covid 19 lockdown “all our clients are finding it difficult to move around and also they are earning anything since they are not going to work” said Abigal Huni
” l have children to feed and in this difficulty time l’m afraid l might have a mental breakdown ” added Chipo Sithole a mother of four who lives with her granny aat their two roomed lodging .
As part of our mandate to impact life skills on young adult and the marginalised Sgd Zimtrust continue to train participates from Masvingo Vocational training centre .
This is the first quarter training for the year 2020
2020 Masvingo vocational training centre first quarter life skills training on five components of sexuality , adherence and well-being ubuntu