Gender Commission Developed A Policy To Strengthen, Capacitate Political Parties

By Jabulani Chisipo
HARARE – A commissioner at the Zimbabwe Gender Commission ( ZGC ) has said her institution has developed a Gender Model Policy to strengthen and capacitate women political parties.
Commissioner Naome Chimbetete was speaking at a half day WOMEN’S CAUCUS on “Towards Increasing Women’s Participation in Governance Processes in Zimbabwe” held by Parliament of Zimbabwe ( POZ ), Women Coalition of Zimbabwe ( WCOZ ), Research And Advocacy Unit ( RAU ) and Gender Media Connect ( GMC ) in Harare recently.
“Zimbabwe Gender Commission has developed a Gender Model Policy for Political Parties to strengthen their capacities and provide a mechanism for internalisation of gender equality in their parties” she said.
Presenting a paper on “Strategies that can be used to enhance women’s participation in governance processes in Zimbabwe from a roots level all the way to local and national level” she said “There is an urgent need for political parties at their level to create quotas in all political leadership positions.”
The key findings of this Gender Audit revealed that women occupy non key positions while men took up influential positions due to lack of confidence in women’s leadership activities.
Also the findings highlighted a number of strategies to increase women’s participation. For example, there is need to for legal framework to align the Electoral Act to the Gender Equality provisions which is enshrined in Constitution of Zimbabwe is critical its gender sensitive.
According to Commissioner Chimbetete there is need to expedite the process of the proposed Gender Equality Bill to an Act to give full effect to gender equality constitutional provisions.
There is need to Amend the Political Parties Finance Act – to reward compliance on gender equality principles and punish non compliance to parties.
WCOZ Chairperson Evernice Munando said it is important to have meaningful participation and representation of women in all governance processes.
“It is important for women to have meaningful representation in all governance processes for all democracy to be successful it has to involve all citizens to participate and represent their interests” she said.
She told the meeting that this initiative require to work together with the goal of enhancing women’s participation decision-making.
Enhancing women’s participation in Zimbabwe is an important instrument of democracy as it enhances their participation in governance issues, she noted.
However, despite good legal framework that recognise them the reality is dire women participation in electoral processes were decisions are made it remains peripheral.
Therefore this meeting set the tone in enhancing women’s participation in governance.
RAU’s director and caucus presenter Mr Shastry Njeru as he presented on the topic “Strengthen Girls’ and Women’s Political Participation and Decision-Making Power” mentioned that “Strong political participation is critical in democratic governance processes.”
“Girls and women have the right to be engaged in civil society, vote in elections, be elected to government offices, serve on boards, and make their voices heard in any process that will ultimately affect them, their families and their communities” she said.
Women have also increasingly taken on positions of power as corporate leaders, civil society activists, political party elders, among others.
Among the solutions it was the meeting head that there is need to deal with systematic barriers to meaningful political inclusion that girls and women face these must be addressed on three levels: individuals, institutions and socio-cultural.
Also there is need to ensure recognition of women in decision making capacities as a human right.
According to Gender Lens Journal, entitled “Strengthening Women’s Advocacy for Inclusive Governance ( SWAG ) Volume 1 Issue 3, Violence against women and the marginalisation of women’s participation in decision making is on the rise in Zimbabwe.
This problem manifests in itself in terrifying varieties throughout the world.
“Women and girls experience verbal, sexual, physical and psychosocial, and other forms of violations in the fabric of their everyday lives and societies around the world” said the journal.
Women’s Caucus Committee Chairperson Hon Good-luck Kwaramba closing the workshop in her remarks said “Go and encourage those young women we want them to join us not to neglect them so that we have more women in parliament 52 women and 48 men.”
Let encourage young women to join leadership positions even at the grassroots.
Women have managed to get 30 percent quarter system which she said for a start its good.

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