Women in Politics Support Unit (WIPSU) has relaunched the 50-50 gender protocol, a move aimed at reminding all political parties to adhere to the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development ahead of the elections which are expected to be held this year.The first launch of the 50-50 gender protocol was made in 2006 and Zimbabwe is one of the few countries in the region that have made strides in the allocation of decision making positions to women in adherence to the SADC protocol.
WIPSU director, Ms Fanny Chirisa said the relaunch is strategic in the sense that it measures the implementation of the 50-50 protocol ahead of the 2015 deadline.
Zanu PF Goromonzi West legislator and Women Parliamentary Caucus chairperson, Cde Beatrice Nyamupinga said it is imperative that the 50-50 gender protocol be enshrined in the new constitution.
For Home Affairs Co-Minister, Mrs. Theresa Makone, the future looks very promising and the 2015 deadline can be achieved as men are warming up to the idea of women occupying top positions.
Zimbabwe is a signatory to the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development by 2015 which was ratified in Parliament in 2009.
Notable achievements have been made with regards to allocating women strategic positions, especially in the police force and prisons services.