The government has launched a revised National Gender Policy which seeks to address emerging issues prevailing under the changing political, economic and social context at local and global levels.

The government adopted the first National Gender Policy in 2004 with a view of achieving gender equality and equity, but new priorities were set out with the new developments at national and international levels which include the adoption of ZIMASSET, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 and the African Union Agenda 2063.

These developments among others led to the revision of the 2004 National Gender Policy.

Speaking at the official launch of the revised National Gender Policy in Harare today, the Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Cde Nyasha Chikwinya (pictured) said the revised policy will ensure that gender discrimination and inequalities are eradicated in all spheres of life.

UNDP Country Director, Georges Van Montfort applauded the revised policy, saying it shows that Zimbabwe is ready to harness unused potential of women for more inclusive and sustainable development.

UN Women Deputy Representative in Zimbabwe, Ms Caroline Nyamayemombe said there is need for financial support, performance measurement and strategic focus to implement the revised policy.

The revised National Gender Policy addresses 10 thematic areas which include gender, constitutional and legal rights; gender and economic empowerment; gender and health; gender based violence; and gender, media and ICTs, among other areas.

Of late, the country has made efforts in ensuring gender equality and women empowerment, and currently it is working towards establishing a women’s bank.