PHOEBE CENTRE ZIMBABWE
Who We Are
P.H.O.E.B.E stands for Promotion of Health, Opportunity, Equality, Benevolence and Empowerment. Originally, P.H.O.E.B.E started as a registered charity in Suffolk, United Kingdom working with women and girls facing issues such as domestic violence and mental health, primarily from black and minority ethnic communities for over 12 years now and has now branched out to Zimbabwe.P.H.O.E.B.E Zimbabwe was registered as a trust in November 2016 – Reg No. 0001573/2016. The organisation is currently the only one which has an accessible specialist programmes dedicated to women’s wellbeing and mental health in Zimbabwe. PHOEBE has been working alongside the Department of Mental Health since 2017. Our focus areas are Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West and Harare Metropolitan Province, and we wish to grow and expand nationwide.
What We Do
— Our Mission
To help in delivering critically needed mental health workshops for women and girls in the country and help them to recover and reintegrate into society.
— Our Story
PHOEBE solely focuses on women due to the gender inequality that exists in our society where gender-related social norms and structures strongly influence issues such as gender-based violence.
Women are affected by different layers of social stratification that simultaneously come together to disadvantage them. Therefore at PHOEBE we adopted the intersectional approach which allows us to visualise the different layers that interact with women’s mental health.
— Our Vision
To empower women to improve their life chances and lead independent lives by reducing inequalities through the provision of integrated and holistic services.
- To increase mental and physical wellbeing, confidence and career-related skills on individuals experiencing mental health issues.
- To increase social interaction between women with mental health issues and create a space of support.
- To promote and set examples of excellence in women-centred services by demonstrating positive outcomes.
- To support and empower women by providing women-centred services to enable them to live safe and positive lives.
- To champion awareness about the multiple and complex needs faced by women (mental health outpatients and their caregivers) and seek to find workable solutions and influence local and national policy.
- To provide support to carers and healthcare professionals who support those experiencing anxiety and depression.
- To provide psychological support to victims of Gender-Based Violence.
- To champion awareness about the connection between Gender-Based Violence and mental well-being.
PHOEBE has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare. This has enabled us to work closely with the two main psychiatric hospitals namely Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals ANNEXE and Harare Central Hospital Psychiatric Unit.
- PVO STATUS
Application approved awaiting certificate.