dr olivia muchena 04-10-10.jpgWomen Affairs, Gender and Community Development Minister, Dr Olivia Muchena has called on all stakeholders to address women’s plight in all sectors of the economy, saying the prevailing framework is not favourable to match their male counterparts.

Cde Muchena was officiating at the national workshop on women’s economic and political empowerment held in the capital where she appealed for the need to revisit the laws and policies that are meant to empower women.

She said the current legislative and policy framework has too many loopholes which are restrictive for women to get lines of credit making it difficult for them to make it in the current business environment.

“We have a difficult situation as women to venture into various business opportunities and such issues need to be addressed by workshops like these if we are to promote our women,” she said.

Speaking in the same occasion the Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere said a policy is on the cards to reserve certain quarters in specific areas for women as means of empowering them.

“Remember, the indigenisation and empowerment policy is ongoing. We are still reviewing certain areas and one such area is to make sure that the marginalised, including women, are given a chance to enjoy this revolution,” Cde Kasukuwere said.

At the same training workshop was the Minister of Small to Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development, Cde Sithembiso Nyoni, who said women are ready to embrace programmes that are earmarked for their development.

The informal division constitutes almost 60% of the country’s economic activities of which women are said to constitute a larger chunk of players in the sector.

Woman constitute 51% of the county’s economy and the traditional gender imbalances have left them marginalised in areas of economic activities, hence the need to revisit the situation obtaining through legislations.