Political parties have been urged to align their constitutions with the supreme law of the land to enable the realisation of the 50/50 gender representation in parliament.
Launching a women’s manifesto initiated by the Zimbabwe Women Parliamentary Caucus (ZWPC) in Harare today, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda implored political parties to follow the constitution or risk litigation.
The achievement of 50/50 gender equality across all sectors in line with the constitutional provisions on equality remains an illusion as most political parties have not adopted this in their constitutions.
Advocate Mudenda implored the women to challenge the status quo and fight hard for their constitutionally enshrined rights to equality.
“You must take up the matter with your political parties ahead of the election. The constitution is very clear that women should have equal representation in the socio – economic and political sphere in society,” he said.
Women parliamentarians from across the political divide converged and came up with a manifesto for the 2018 – 2023 period which sets the guidelines for them to be voted into political office.
ZWPC Chairperson, Cde Monica Mutsvagwa implored women to use the manifesto as their campaign guide.
“Let’s use this manifesto as our campaign guide and ensure that we get our space,” she said.
The women’s manifesto is a 30-paged document spearheaded by women parliamentarians from Zanu PF, MDC-T and MDC.
It lays out the basis for voting women into power, access to justice and equal benefit of the law and women and economic development, among other issues.
The women also came up with an elections charter for the 2018 harmonised polls.