Strengthening the National Gender Machinery

What is this project about

 The Family Law Handbook published with support from UNDP simplifies family laws such as the Domestic Violence Act, the Matrimonial Causes Act, and the Deceased Estates Act, making them accessible to especially women.

UNDP is supporting the strengthening of the national gender machinery so that it plays an effective coordination role in gender mainstreaming. This is within the ZUNDAF Gender Outcome 7 on strengthening policies and legislation for the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women.

Project Outputs:

  1. National gender policy and implementation strategy reviewed and implemented
  2. Gender-responsive economic policy-making institutionalized within the public sector
  3. National Women’s Council established and functional
  4. National gender monitoring and evaluation mechanism established.
  5. Policies and programmes to increase women’s capacity to participate in politics and occupy decision-making positions in the public and private sector developed and implemented
  6. Access to economic opportunities for women increased

Key Achievements

  1. Support to the participation of Ministry of Women Affairs senior officials at the Commission on the Status of Women in NY and CEDAW Committee in Geneva and support to follow-up action;
  2. Production of a Draft National Gender Policy awaiting cabinet approval;
  3. Wide and targeted dissemination of a Family Law flyers and development of family law manual; 
  4. Gender Economic Policy Management Initiative in Zimbabwe 3 week GEPMI course -on-going;
  5. Support the participation of women entrepreneurs at the national , regional and international trade and business expositions including UNTWO;
  6. Support the process leading to the establishment of a gender commission e.g. Support  drafting of the  gender commission  bill  covering look and learn tours to draw lessons on  gender commissions functions;

Planned Future Activities

  1. Continued support to the Gender Commission Bill in line with the new constitution (support research, policy briefs, and look and learn tours on gender commissions to draw lessons on best practices – support    all stakeholder consultative processes to input into the legislative drafting process , lobby MPs etc
  2. Scale up women’s economic empowerment interventions –reconciling upstream and downstream women’s economic activities e.g. market gardens, food processing, national and international exposure to markets 
  3. Support training in GEPMI of public sector economists and gender experts with possibility of training MPs and other identified stakeholders engaged in policy-making, budgeting, international trade etc.
  4. Facilitate the production of a GEPMI policy brief and policy dialogue around anchoring of GEPMI at an agreed academic institution for sustainability purposes
  5. Facilitate the launch of the National Gender Policy
  6. Scale up women’s legal empowerment through the family laws project

Parliamentary Support Programme

  • The process to craft a new programme document is on-going. However, serious delays have been encountered due to circumstances beyond the country office. There might be no immediate activities due to the absence of a project document.  The newly opened Parliament, may re-direct the thrust of the programme document, but key parliamentary development pillars namely legislative drafting, executive oversight and parliamentary representation  will guide the programme document. 
  • There resources for crafting the new programme document – 30000usd only