Zimbabwe is expected to improve on the SADC gender barometer ratings for this year in the wake of the gender friendly constitution that supports women empowerment.

Zimbabwe’s efforts at advancing gender equality are currently at 32 percent while the highest in the SADC region is South Africa which is at 48 percent.

Botswana, which is not a signatory to the Gender Protocol, sits at 2 percent.

The Chairperson for the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Cde Beatrice Nyamupinga said Zimbabwe has made some tremendous improvements that are expected to improve the ratings.

She said the constitution is one document that has empowered women in Zimbabwe.

Cde Nyamupinga added that the adoption of the 50-50 representation in all decision making positions and in parliament, however, remains a concern for women and needs attention.

The SADC Gender Barometer is based on progress made in achieving targets that include reducing gender based violence, improving reproductive health, and representation of women in politics and the media, among others.