The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development Dr Petronella Gumbo said further actions to accelerate progress in  promoting women’s rights in political, economic and social fields were raised at the just ended 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York.

Dr Gumbo who was the head of delegation at the just ended 61st CSW which took place at the United Nations headquarters in New York from the 13th to the 24th of this month said issues discussed include calls for concerted efforts by member states in curbing human trafficking, which has become a global challenge.

The chairperson of the women’s parliamentary caucus Cde Monica Mutsvangwa who was also part of the delegation said policy makers and stakeholders were called to conduct more educational campaigns on gender issues.

Vice chairperson of the Zimbabwe Women Minerals Association Blessing Hungwe said the platform gave them an opportunity to share with member states how Zimbabwe has managed to remove structural barriers to women’s economic empowerment.

The CSW is the principal global inter-governmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Representatives of member states, UN entities and  non-governmental organisations  from all regions of the world attended the session.