The Herald (Harare)

9 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Call for Equal Representation

WOMEN, Gender and Community Development Minister Dr Olivia Muchena called for policies to ensure that women are equally represented in various councils and organisations. She said men and women were known to complement each other, hence the importance of having women in various structures.

"As we are all aware that women in Zimbabwe are more than men, it means that women need more," said Dr Muchena.

Dr Muchena was speaking in an interview after a breakfast meeting she attended as a member of the G20.

G20 is a group formed by women from various organisations that include Women Coalition in Zimbabwe, Parliament of Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe Women Lawyers.

The meeting was held to discuss various issues affecting women in the country when it comes to leadership positions.

Dr Muchena said there were roles that men were eligible to play and some which required women to take part.

She said men were authoritative, while women were passionate when it comes to developmental issues.

"Women are nurturers, so they should work together to promote the development of the country," said Dr Muchena

She said if Zimbabwe did not consider women to assume influential leadership positions the country would lag behind and stifle democracy.

Earlier this week, women's organisations hailed the draft constitution for affording them equal representation with their male counterparts in all Government institutions on a 50-50 basis.

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