Gen­der laws amend­ment nears com­ple­tion

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - National/gender/health News - Clin­ton Moyo Sun­day News Re­porter

THE Min­istry of Women Af­fairs, Gen­der and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment is in the process of amend­ing gen­der laws to align them with the new Con­sti­tu­tion as it con­tin­ues to spear­head the pro­mo­tion of gen­der bal­ance and par­tic­i­pa­tion of women in de­ci­sion mak­ing pro­cesses.

Speak­ing on the side­lines of a Con­sul­ta­tive and Sen­si­ti­sa­tion work­shop for in­creas­ing women’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in de­ci­sion mak­ing held in Bu­l­awayo last week, Min­is­ter Hon Nyasha Eu­nice Chik­winya said the amend­ment process was nearly com­plete.

“We have re­alised that it has to be done. We have taken all the rel­e­vant doc­u­ments to the Cabi­net com­mit­tee on leg­is­la­tion so that they look at it closely to trans­late that into law. It’s now at a very ad­vanced stage, we are about to com­plete the process,” she said.

Min­is­ter Chik­winya said the laws were seek­ing to se­cure women’s po­si­tions in lead­er­ship and par­tic­i­pa­tion in de­ci­sion mak­ing.

“When we talk about lead­er­ship, we don’t mean be­ing in Par­lia­ment only. But women can lead as vil­lage heads, chiefs, heads of burial so­ci­eties, and com­pany chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cers. When that hap­pens we know women have taken their po­si­tions in lead­er­ship and de­ci­sion mak­ing,” she added.

This comes at a time when Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe has placed em­pha­sis on the align­ment of the re­main­ing 30 pieces of leg­is­la­tion into the con­sti­tu­tion of Zim­babwe. The Govern­ment has so far aligned 159 laws out of the 299 stat­ues with the new con­sti­tu­tion fol­low­ing its adop­tion. The new con­sti­tu­tion was adopted in 2013.

Speak­ing at the same gath­er­ing, Min­is­ter of State for Bu­l­awayo Cde Nomthandazo Eu­nice Moyo urged women to read the Con­sti­tu­tion so that they can stop be­ing vic­timised and side­lined.

“Your par­tic­i­pa­tion is not only about vot­ing, it is also about read­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion and chal­leng­ing where you are be­ing short changed. As­sist the women’s league to achieve their goal be­cause it is their goal that they are there for you to work as hard as they can,” said Cde Moyo.

Min­is­ter Nyasha Chik­winya

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