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Zimbabwe: Families Day Focuses On HIV/Aids, Migration -

The Herald (Harare)
Published by the government of Zimbabwe

15 May 2010

Harare — GOVERNMENT has urged the economic empowerment of women to minimise migration and the impact of HIV and AIDS on families.

Addressing the media yesterday ahead of International Families Day, Gender and Women's Affairs Deputy Minister Evelyn Masaiti said migration had contributed to the collapse of many families as people sought greener pastures outside the country.

Vice President Joice Mujuru is today expected to officiate at the main International Family Day commemorations at Chimurenga Nyadire Resettlement Scheme in Mutoko.

The Family Day is held annually and will this year run under the theme "Impact of Immigration on Families -- Empower Women, Empower Families".

"If you empower a woman, you would have empowered the nation.

"Women are less inclined to corruption and they are more responsible with whatever tasks at hand.

"If women are empowered, they can unite their families and reduce the levels of migration," she said.

She said the ministry, through the Household Economic Empowerment Initiative, will donate 2 000 chickens for poultry rearing that will assist families in Mutoko in generating income..

Deputy Minister Masaiti added: "Migration has a negative impact on families, especially on children. There is limited parental love and care towards children as families are separated.

"In the end, some children end up in anti-social activities like prostitution because they lack parental guidance," she said.

Deputy Minister Masaiti said even though some families economically benefited from migration, most suffered from the high risk of disease transmission.

"Families need to stay together and contribute to the development of the nation.

"If there is no family unity, there is no development at social, community and even national level," she said.

Zimbabwe today joins other United Nations members in celebrating the International Family Day. In a Press statement on Thursday, the Ministry of Women's Affairs, Gender and Community Development said: "Whereas the migration might have brought economic benefits for some, disintegration and disruption of families were some of the consequences."

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