Zimbabwe is set to host an international conference on the rights of the girl child following interest generated by the international community during the 61st Session on the Commission on the Status of Women, that was recently held in New York, USA.

The Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) said through its presentation at the Commission on the Status of Women, there was a general consensus that the illegal sanctions have had an effect on the country as well as impacting heavily on vulnerable groups such as girls.

ACCZ president Archbishop Johannes Ndanga said to this end, “there was consensus that through an international summit, the true picture of what is transpiring in Zimbabwe regarding rights of women and children is deliberated on and key interventions proposed to ensure their lives are improved.”

For women’s rights to become a universal reality, United Nations women believe that it is critical to address the structural causes of gender inequality, such as violence, unpaid care work, limited control over assets and property and unequal participation in private and public decision-making.

The 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at the United Nations headquarters in New York from the 13th to the 24th of March.