The government says it is committed to empower women through stakeholder assistance for them to participate in leadership positions in all sectors of the economy.

In an interview during a women’s consultative meeting in Harare, the Acting Provincial Development Officer in the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprise Development, Mr Ernest Chimbodza said the government is aware that women are lagging behind in a number of ways.

“There is need to create platforms that encourage women to take bold decisions in taking leadership positions and compete with their male counterparts,” he said.

Msasa Project Programme Officer Gender and Peace Building, Mrs Nyasha Mazango highlighted the need to stimulate stakeholders to support and facilitate platforms for women’s participation in governance.

“We want to provide civic education for women in Zimbabwe’s governance participation,” he said.

Betty Kaseke also bemoaned the issue of intimidation and threats as women vie for leadership positions.

The forum ran under the theme: ‘Strengthening Women’s Advocacy for inclusive governance,’ and was organised by Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe through Msasa Project.