Changemaker:Rumbidzai Tawonezvi-Moyo

Location:Zimbabwe

I’m playing my part for reproductive and maternal healthcare by working toward the day that respectful maternity care becomes second nature to every single caregiver of women in labor.

We all celebrate when a child is born, why not make sure that that experience is the safest environment for the mother and protect her rights during this time.

My name is Rumbidzai Moyo, and I am from Zimbabwe. I first heard about White Ribbon Alliance from a Mother and Babies clinic. Dr. Rawdon, who was the national coordinator of White Ribbon Alliance Zimbabwe at the time, was there speaking to all of the mothers about respectful maternal care and the rights of mothers and children during childbirth. As a women’s rights activist myself, any course that furthers the rights and interests of women and children, I’m always for it.

What touched me specifically about White Ribbon Alliance is that they are rights that affect women, but they affect the community as a whole. Because these are the rights of women as they are bringing life into this world. And the whole world is dependent on a woman to create human resources. And so why not support women during this very crucial time that we all appreciate. We all celebrate when a child is born, why not make sure that that experience is the safest environment for the mother and protect her rights during this time. I decided to get involved in the initiative to ensure that those rights are realized for every woman in Zimbabwe.

I have had the pleasure of meeting some of the respectful maternal maternity care champions who have received training from White Ribbon Alliance Zimbabwe, in administering respectful maternal care during childbirth. I have seen how these women’s lives have been changed just by being trained and being taught exactly how it is that they’re supposed to take care of mother and baby during childbirth. I’ve also met with women who have received training themselves from White Ribbon Alliance on their own rights during childbirth. And just the fact that women are now more aware of the rights that they have and they’re able to speak up for themselves a little bit more. Because they know that they are rights that are good to them that are supposed to protect them.

My favorite memory of my time supporting White Ribbon Alliance was being a part of a training on respectful maternal care. Or an opportunity to see women being taught how to give that respect for maternal care and to see women who have been impacted by it and how changed they are. That awareness for me has been mind-blowing and I can’t wait for the day that respectful maternal care becomes second nature to every single care giver of women in labor.

 

Thank youRumbidzai Tawonezvi-Moyo

for playing your part.

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