The second edition of the Zimbabwe National Gender Forum came up with an cocktail of resolutions to be forwarded to relevant stakeholders for action which boarder on how the sectors can come up with mechanisms aimed at empowering women to achieve a 50/50 representation in all sectors of the economy.
The two-day national gender forum ended this Thursday in Bulawayo with stakeholders adopting the call to action document which outlined some of the issues they want addressed for the betterment of women in society.
Vice Chairperson of Women in Zimbabwe Coalition Ms Lydia Madyirapazhe gave a summary of some of the agreed positions by the gender forum which need urgent attention which includes the change of labour laws to ensure gender equality.
“In the public sector, review PSC recruitment and promotion procedures. Review of the public sector gender policy and align public service act to constitution. Generate and track evidence based research for public review and scrutiny to ensure 50/50 gender parity provisions (in appointment of boards at state-owned enterprises, ambassadorial appointments and public administrators) in accordance with the constitution.
“Protect and strengthen provisions such as maternity leave, sexual harassment. There is need to separate act on sexual harassment, align Labour Act to the constitution and ensure gender equality provisions are incorporated,” said Ms Madyirapazhe.
MDC-T leader Dr Thokozani Khupe and National Assembly Member for Norton Mr Temba Mliswa who also graced the occasion, called for immediate adoption of the resolutions to ensure that the country achieved gender parity.
The convening of a national gender forum by the Zimbabwe Gender Commission at least once a year is a constitutional requirement as the commission together with the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission are organisations that form the national human rights institutions which are mandated with an oversight role regarding the actualisation of gender equality under the people’s driven supreme law.