Lack of financial resources, cultural barriers and gender based discrimination have affected women to fully participate in politics and other decision making positions.

This was revealed during the Zimbabwe Gender Commission dialogue in Mutasa, Manicaland Province.

Women in Manicaland have bemoaned lack of financial resources, cultural barriers and lack of a level political field as major causes which have affected the participation of women in decision making positions.

Addressing the gathering at Mutasa community hall, the chairperson of the Zimbabwe Gender Commission, Mrs Margaret Mukahanana-Sangarwe noted that there is still very low representation of women at government level, corporate sector and other economic and social institutions.

Speaking at the same occasion the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Manicaland provincial elections officer, Mr Moffat Masabeya said women should brace up and actively participate in the next general elections.

The Zimbabwe Gender Commission is moving in provinces engaging women, traditional leaders and other stakeholders to discuss on how to achieve equality in the participation of both women and men in politics and decision making in light of the upcoming 2018 general elections.