Bringing Joy to Filabusi girls

By Tatenda Mapfumo

BULAWAYO — When her parents christened her Joy, little did they know she would ultimately bring Joy to hundreds of high school children – the girl-child in particular. She has dedicated her life to alleviating the life of the girl from the traditional injustices and inequality she is often subjected to.

Taking a script from her own personal journey, Joy Rukanzakanza has defied all the odds staked against her and continued to strive for the betterment of her life and that of the rural and marginalised girl.

To date 337 girls have found joy in Joy’s interventions in the remote area of Filabusi, south of Bulawayo. Having grown up in an unequal society in which women were often treated as property and denied space in the political discourse, the 21-year old Bryn Mawr College political science student has dedicated her life to uplifting the girl in her home area and ultimately in Zimbabwe. Bryn Mawr College is a women’s liberal arts college in Bryn Mawr, a community in Lower Merion Township, in the US state of Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia.

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