women business.jpgVarious stakeholders attending a gender workshop in Harare say the establishment of a gender centre in the country will help in implementing gender mainstreaming programmes in the region.

The Vice Chancellor of the Kabale Community University in Uganda, Professor Joy Kwesige said the initiative to set up such an institution will enhance society’s understanding of gender related issues.

The Executive Director for the Zimbabwe Women Resource Centre, Ms Naome Chimbetete said the centre should help in opening opportunities around control and access to economic resources.

Meanwhile, acting Programmes Director for PADARE Men’s Forum on Gender, Mr. Nixon Nembaware said the centre should address issues that are affecting the Zimbabwean society rather than centre on foreign aspects that have no direct link with the African society.

The Zimbabwean government granted a charter for the establishment of the Women’s University in Africa in 2004, which became a multi–disciplinary institution focusing on fostering gender equality and reducing gender disparity.