GOVERNMENT has been urged to go beyond making women empowerment legislation, which gathers dust in shelves when no action is taking place on the ground.
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) commissioner Nestai Mushonga, speaking on women empowerment program The Shift, said while good laws are available to ensure gender equity action was lacking.
“Our policy documents are in place but we haven’t translated those documents into reality. We have a male dominated society and a huge effort is not put on translating these laws into reality, we do it piece meal,” Mushonga said.
Zimbabwe which has a 50/ 50 gender parity guaranteed in the Constitution, is struggling to meet its quarter both on elected and appointed positions with gender activists saying there is a lack of political will.
Government has ratified a number of gender-related international and regional protocols, which include the United Nations Convention on Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA), the African Charter on the Rights of Women, and the Southern African Development Community Protocol on Gender and Development (SADCPGD), 40 years after independence, women remain under-represented in positions of leadership.
According to the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat), women make up 52 per cent of the country’s 13,5 million people. They also make up 51 per cent of the rural population and 53 per cent of the urbanites.