Women in Gwanda district say low education levels, lack of resources as well as cultural barriers are some of the key factors hindering their active participation in politics and other decision making processes.

This came out during the Zimbabwe Gender Commission (ZGC) outreach programme that was held in Gwanda this Thursday (yesterday).

While women constitute 52 percent of the total population in Zimbabwe, the sad reality is that men have continued to dominate the political, economic, social and religious spheres.

The ZGC met stakeholders in Gwanda this Thursday to come up with strategies to increase the participation of women in politics and decision making processes ahead of the 2018 elections.

Women who spoke to the ZBC News say while the constitution promotes gender equality, they still feel inferior to their male counterparts while others say despite their numerical advantage women tend not to support each other during elections.

The chairperson of the gender commission Margaret Mukahanana said as part of strategies to accelerate the equal participation of women and men in the coming  elections, the commission will encourage political parties to promote gender equality  through thier constitutions.

The country’s constitution provides for gender equality between men and women, boys and girls and also outlaws child marriages.

As a show of commitment, the Zimbabwean government  has also  signed, ratified and acceded to several declarations, conventions and protocols regionally and internationally that are aimed at creating an enabling environment for the attainment of equity and equality among women and men.