The Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development has re-affirmed its commitment to advance gender equality as one way of achieving the goals of the country`s economic blue-print, ZIMASSET.

The Deputy Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Cde Abigail Damasane made the remarks while officially opening the International Conference on Breaking the Nexus Between Gender and Poverty, hosted by the Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) in Victoria Falls.

Cde Damasane said her ministry has already taken the lead in drafting the second National Gender Policy to guide stakeholders in the country to mainstream gender and work towards poverty reduction.

“Let me highlight that achieving gender equality and poverty eradication are huge tasks that need all of us to put heads together in coming up with innovative strategies including research and dissemination of information on such measures. Indeed, research and documentation of practices, opportunities and challenges remain pivotal in fostering socio-economic development,” she said.

GZU Acting Vice Chancellor, Dr Andrew Chindanya said the university will continue to fulfill its mandate of creating new knowledge and responding proactively to the society’s challenges.

“In Zimbabwe, many households are living under extreme poverty and the vulnerable and marginalised groups are the most affected. We remain committed to ensuring the elimination of poverty, and we are happy that the government has put in place several economic policies that have specific gender equality provisions,” he said.

The two day conference brought together 130 policy makers and researchers representing local and foreign universities as well as development practitioners.