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Bulawayo Deputy Mayor: Rethinking women’s political participation

Since Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980, women have lobbied arduously to be treated as equal citizens with equal entitlements before the law. However, “It is a pity that women are still clamouring for gender equality that is one of the provisions in the Zimbabwean Constitution of 2013, Amendment 20,” said Nomvula Mguni, Movement for Democratic Change Tsvangirai (MDC-T) Provincial Chairperson.

Political party representatives who were at Skyz Metro FM for a radio discussion that was hosted by Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD)

These sentiments were raised during a radio discussion that Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) conducted at Skyz Metro FM, yesterday. The radio program was held in light of a high court ruling where High Court judge Justice Thompson Mabhikwa nullified the election of Bulawayo Deputy Mayor, Tinashe Kambarami.

According to Mguni: “The 50/50 gender equality is the best, as it appreciates women’s capabilities to stand as leaders in politics. At least with 50/50 gender equality women’s needs get to be recognized through the oversight and representative role that fellow females will play within their positions.”

Speaking on the matter, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC Alliance) representative shared his party’s position on gender equality.

“We are in the right direction to achieve 50/50 gender equality,” said Edwin Ndlovu, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC- Alliance) Provincial Executive member.

Women should be included in capacity building initiates that will be fundamental in aiding them execute duties in an effective manner.

“Women in leadership positions should actively participate in capacity building initiatives because we believe they are equals with men and are capable of achieving similar successes,” added Ndlovu.

Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU- PF), representative, Fikile Marovatsanga implored society to support women with an aim of attaining leadership positions and encouraged women to desist from a tendency of belittling themselves.

Vivian Ncube, a representative from Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU), cited that women are valuable but they are continually being put under unnecessary scrutiny.

“Women should be at the center stage of any form of development discourse,” said Ncube. “There is no reason why women should be treated with contempt whenever there is talk on decision making, either in local authorities or in parliament.”

WILD envisages to mentor women interested in taking a stand in politics, and public administration as a way of meeting its mission that seeks to see women and girls at the core of social, economic and political development.

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