The economic empowerment of women and youths at grassroots levels through various projects like poultry is critical in nation building.

This was said by Mt Pleasant house of assembly member Cde Jason Passadi when he handed over 3 000 chicks to Harare Central Prison residents.

Speaking at the handover of the chicks, Cde Passadi stressed the important role which is played by women in society and why it is essential to economically empower them.

Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to ZBC News thanked the Zanu PF party for its drive towards women empowerment.

Apart from the 3 000 chicks, Cde Passadi also donated one and a half tonnes of chicken feed and stress-free packs.

The poultry project is among a number of self help schemes which have been initiated by the ruling Zanu PF party to the electorate as part of its initiative to empower women.