Supporting Women in LeadershipSep 15, 2017
UNDP working with UN Women, supported the Zimbabwe Gender Commission and the Women Parliamentary Caucus to hold a High Level Political Dialogue in the context of the upcoming 2018 elections. The dialogue, held on 14th September 2017, brought together women from a cross section of political parties represented in the Parliament of Zimbabwe. The Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Gender Commission, Mrs Margaret Mukahanana Sangarwe, conveyed a strong message on the need to change the current low levels of representation of women in leadership across the country, despite the Constitutional guarantees and protection of gender equality. Emphasising on the duty and responsibility of political parties to implement the gender provisions of the Constitution, The President of the Senate, Hon Edna Madzongwe pointed out that in the 2013 elections, all political parties fielded only 90 female candidates compared to 663 males. Resolutions of the meeting included, alignment of political party constitutions to the National Constitution and application of the women’s quota to local government and the need for electoral law reform to align these laws to the Constitution.