thokozani khupe.jpgZimbabwe has been selected to host the first ever Global Power Women Summit in Africa at the end of next month.

The network summit is expected to focus on issues to do with women’s rights, health and empowerment.

Briefing the media in Harare after meeting with some representatives from the United Nations agencies operating in the country,  Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe said the summit will compel African Heads of State to fully implement some of the conventions and protocols signed at SADC and AU levels in order to empower women both socially and politically.

“We are saying we want our governments to fully implement conventions such as CEDAW, so that the empowerment of women in various sectors is achieved in its totality. So as we meet in Victoria Falls next week, we will be demanding action,” said Ms Khupe.

Global Coalition on Women and AIDS Executive Director, Dr Jantine Jacobi said the summit will focus on how to protect women and children from HIV and AIDS infections as research has indicated that they are more vulnerable to the pandemic.

“The summit will also look at the HIV and AIDS pandemic, which is wrecking havoc especially on women and children. So the global campaign on the three zeros will take centre stage,” he said.

The summit, which will be held in Victoria Falls, will attract delegates from women’s movements, African governments and civil society from the continent’s 54 countries.

Zimbabwe has been lauded for being a champion of women empowerment as the Zanu PF led government made great strides in the emancipation of women through legislation and other activities.