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    Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe
    May 18, 2010

    High level dialogue review meeting

    As a follow up to the solidarity visit by Mary Robinson and seven eminent women, WCoZ convened the Ministry of Women Affairs Gender and Community Development, the Organ on National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration, the leaders of the women's wings of the political parties and the Women's Parliamentary Caucus to a High Level Review and forward planning meeting. The High Level Dialogue review meeting was held successfully on the 12th of May 2010 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The review meeting was held under the theme, "Fragmentation is not an option" is the first in a series of efforts to bring Zimbabwean women of all diversities to work on a women's agenda.

    All stakeholders attending the meeting congratulated each other for having collaborated to successfully host Her Excellency Mary Robinson and the seven eminent women. The women's wings of political parties asked WCoZ to convene them for another planning meeting so that they can agree on an agenda and inform their political parties. The group asked to be re-convened for a longer retreat to strategically plan on the issues coming out of the Mary Robinson visit. There was a suggestion that the meeting should focus on the Global Political Agreement.

    WCoZ takes the constitution making process to the business and church sector More than 40 professional and business women attended a lunch meeting at a local hotel in Harare to have a deeper understanding of the Constitution Making Process and the Women's Charter. The objectives of the meeting were to create consensus on women's issues in the new constitution and receive input from professional and business women on the document. The meeting was facilitated by Ms Sithokozile Thabete from Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association.

    The Church Sector

    WCoZ convened three separate meetings for the church sector, one was for 100 women from Christian Alliance, 100 from Zimbabwe Council of Churches and the third one was for 70 church leaders from Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe Council of Churches. The aim of the meetings were to update women in the church sector on the progress on the constitution making process and to ensure that women are aware of the critical role they play in the process. The meetings were facilitated by Slyvia Chirau and Getrude Murungu from WILSA.

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