The government has reiterated its commitment to improved service delivery by increasing the number of schools and health facilities across the country.

The provision of improved health care, education and empowerment took centre stage at the on-going 62nd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) conference in New York.

The Minister of Women and Youth Affairs, Cde Sithembiso Nyoni said the government is working on increased access to education by reducing the distance travelled by school children to 5km.

“We have BEAM to ensure that every child has access to education and we are now working on reducing the distance travelled by children to school especially those who live in rural areas,” she said.

On health issues, the First Lady, Cde Auxillia Mnangagwa said her visits to hospitals was to reawaken the government on the urgent need to address health delivery in hospitals.

She added that the establishment of her foundation was driven by her passion to reach out to marginalised communities.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Fredrick Shava has taken the concept: ‘Zimbabwe is Open for Business,’ to the conference as he invited people to invest in Zimbabwe.

Meanwhile, African Union (AU) Goodwill Ambassador on Ending Child Marriages, Nyaradzai Gumbonzvanda is showcasing artifacts depicting the values of an African girl at the on-going conference.

The Nhanga Exhibition, which is the first of its kind, attracted people from different continents who came to experience the African culture.

Nhanga is a girls’ room in Shona and its exhibition was unique in that all those who entered into the room would remove shoes, signifying the importance of the place.

The Zimbabwean government was in full support of the exhibition as delegations visited the place and got the opportunity to elaborate its importance and way of life.

Kenya, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Japan and Canada were among the countries that participated in the exhibition.

The conference continues this week and is expected to end on Friday.