olivia muchena women minister.jpgGovernment says the Global Political Agreement (GPA) has many provisions that women can fully exploit to advance the common agenda for their empowerment through full participation.

Women empowerment groups met with government in the capital to review the success of the inclusive government in addressing issues which affect them.

This follows the signing by leaders of the women’s wings of the three main political parties of a resolution to work across their political divides to accelerate implementation of the GPA.

Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development Minister, Dr Olivia Muchena says progress has been made in advancing women’s empowerment agenda.

She said women have so far managed to use the constitution as a tool to empower themselves as they participated overwhelmingly during the data gathering process.

“The GPA has many sections that relate to the empowerment of women especially the section on the land. Overally, the constitution making process has also presented an opportunity for women to ensure that their rights are fully enshrined in the supreme law of the land, and hopefully, the women’s movement has to make an assessment and report from an informed point of view,” she said.

Women Coalition of Zimbabwe Chairperson, Ms Virginia Muwanigwa said more can be done by the inclusive government in improving women’s participation in top decision making processes through supporting them fully.

“Of course we have noticed that the various agents that came about as a result of the GPA drive the women’s empowerment agenda,” Ms Muwanigwa said.

The recently published gender analysis of the GPA commended the exclusive rights given to women especially the issue of women’s access to land.

Article 5.8 of the GPA states that, ‘Recognising the need for women’s access and control over land in their own right as equal citizens”.

Experts say this specific reference to the rights of women is commendable and is an example of the gender sensitive provision in the document.

Zimbabwe has made significant progress in the empowerment of women and is a signatory to various regional and international conventions that promote the agenda.