Representatives of the Womenâ€™s Rights Movement has noted with concern womenâ€™s limited participation in the constitution making process so far, a situation which they say might lead to the failure to fully articulate womenâ€™s views.
Speaking during a conference to chat the way forward in the next stages of the constitution making process, Chairperson of the Womenâ€™s Parliamentary Caucus, Cde Beatrice Nyamupinga said the lack of proper representation of women in the whole process will not ensure a gender sensitive document.
â€œThe technical jargon used during this whole process affected the full participation of women .So what this means is that all our issues will not be dominant in the constitution,â€ said Cde Nyamupinga.
Musasa Project Director, Ms Netty Musanhu and Women Action Group Executive Director, Ms Edna Masiyiwa says the womenâ€™s rights movement is now lobbying for the total inclusion of women in the forthcoming stages of the constitution making process.
â€œWe need women to occupy positions in the next stages,â€ added Ms Masiyiwa.
Women are demanding that they be members of subcommittees. This includes members of subcommittees such as technical, drafting and logistics. At the moment the co-chairpersons of COPAC are all men whilst women occupy the positions of deputies.