robinsonm.jpgThe five day long high level dialogue on women  empowerment in the political, social and economic arena ended on a high note in Harare with the signing of an agreement and a memorandum of understanding on women’s economic, political and social empowerment.

 

 

Zimbabwe has been hailed for its strong support for women through the adoption of various enabling policies to ensure their emancipation and empowerment in various spheres of life.

 

  

It is in this continued effort to empower women that the High Level Dialogue on Women Empowerment in the Political, Social and economic Arena ended in the capital with the signing of an agreement and a memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development and the former President of Ireland Mrs Mary Robinson who led a delegation of eminent African women to Zimbabwe.

 

Speaking at the signing ceremony Mrs Robinson said she was impressed by  the women’s entrepreneurship and projects as they  strive for empowerment.  She also commended the country’s Constitution Making Process which gives women an opportunity to participate compared to the 1979 Lancaster House Agreement where women were not represented.

 

Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development Minister Dr Olivia Muchena hailed the signing of the agreement saying the dialogue has provided an opportunity for Zimbabwean women to network at the regional and global level.

 

Minister of State for Reconciliation and National Healing Honourable Sekai Holland said the major objective of the dialogue was to learn from eminent African leaders by listening to their experiences on the global arena and interrogate possible provisions for incorporation in the new constitution to provide for women’s economic empowerment.

 

Mrs Robinson was in Harare with a delegation of prominent gender and political experts whose mission was to extend solidarity to the women of Zimbabwe as they go towards the crafting of a new constitution.