The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) mothers hit high spot as they celebrated Mother’s day in a unique, pioneering style on Friday, 7 May 2021 at Miekles hotel under the theme “As we are”.

For the first time in the history of ZIMRA, over 500 ZIMRA mothers and mothers in the making gathered both physically and virtually to celebrate their special day. It was an exciting and beautiful event with many give aways to single mothers, widows and soon to retire mothers in the Authority.

ZIMRA mothers were encouraged to work hard,  be prayerful and to set an example for their children. “A mother’s influence can go beyond generations”, said Mrs Nellie Mupanduki, Head Technical Services – Taxpayer Services and Debt Management, Domestic Taxes giving her opening remarks. In her speech she quoted Proverbs 31:26 which says  that a great wife and mom “opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”

ZIMRA believes in women empowerment shown by a number of women holding top posts in the Authority. Mrs Anna Sithole,  Acting Head Audits, Mutare said, “An empowered woman is a powerful woman.  Empowerment is more than participation in decision-making; it also include the processes that lead people to perceive themselves as able and entitled to make decisions. ZIMRA women are empowered therefore they are powerful.”

Speaking at the same occasion Mrs Regina Chinamasa, Commissioner Revenue Assurance highlighted  that women face challenges in balancing work and family. “Working women face various challenges regarding work‐family balance due to societal, cultural, family  and gender norms. Cooperative and supportive husbands and in‐laws are what working women who face these challenges need. If husbands remain supportive and encouraging life will be easy for working women,” said Ms Chinamasa.

Mother’s Day is a day that internationally celebrates  motherhood and is observed  differently  throughout the world, a day worth celebrating and acknowledging for the roles that women play in the world.

ZIMRA believes that mothers deserve to be lauded, applauded, encouraged and recognised. It was a delight to  honour the courageous women for enduring sleepless nights, folding endless loads of laundry, wiping away tears on tiny cheeks and cheering little ones on to victory after victory.