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Update on the constitution making process - Last week at a glance
July 13, 2010
Last week the Constitution
Select Committee (COPAC) convened a press conference and encouraged
women to participate more in the process. COPAC has made a standing
resolution that it will hold weekly briefings with civil society
and WCoZ is facilitating for its members to be part of this process
including observing the outreach process.
representation of women in COPAC Outreach Teams
Outreach Programme commenced on the 21st of June 2010 and statistics
received to date indicate that the overall percentage of female
representation in the Outreach Teams is only 25%. This is despite
repeated assurances by the political leaders that women would be
represented equally. WCoZ has held several meetings with policy
makers and submitted a petition early this year in January to COPAC
on equal representation in the Constitution
Making Process. WCoZ is disappointed by this anomaly and is
calling on the Management Committee, COPAC and the political parties
to respect the 50% representation of women in constitution making.
turnout of women at COPAC outreach team meetings
Initial reports indicate
that there is a low turnout for women at the COPAC outreach meetings.
For example in Mashonaland West 5825 women attended meetings in
the province against 8588 men. A total of 526 meetings have been
held so far in eight provinces. WCoZ is calling to women of Zimbabwe
to participate in the outreach meetings and to attend in large numbers
as this is their right to be part of the process!
of conduct for NGOs observing the COPAC outreach process
COPAC gave a code of
conduct to non governmental organizations intending to observe the
ongoing constitution outreach programme. The purpose of the comprehensive
code of conduct is to govern the conduct and the ethics of the observers
and was drafted and agreed upon by civil society and COPAC. Every
monitor would sign this code of conduct. It was agreed that civil
society was free to deploy observers to observe the Constitution
making process and all observers would be issued with accreditation
cards to identify them as such in the event of an enquiry. However
the civic society will pay for the production of the accreditation
cards and it's a pity they COPAC is introducing these halfway through
the outreach process. We expect them to have anticipated that civic
would want to observe the process that will probably bring a new
constitution for Zimbabwe. A copy of the code of conduct can be
obtained from Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe.
During its Strategic
Review Retreat WcoZ membership formed thematic clusters to improve
participation of members and strengthening networking and synergies
among member organisations. The clusters are Economic Empowerment;
Health; Education; Peace Building and Conflict Resolution; Culture,
Media and ICT; Politics and Decision Making; Environment; Gender
Based Violence and the Legal and Constitutional cluster. The secretariat
is in the process of developing TORs in consultation with membership.
WCoZ will be convening cluster meetings shortly and these will meet
o a monthly basis.
to send a delegation to the AU Summit in Uganda
As a follow
up to the visit by Mary
Robinson and the seven eminent women from the African region,
the Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe will send a delegation of five
members to attend the Gender is on My Agenda (GIMAC) meeting on
the sidelines of the AU Summit in Uganda and also participate in
other fora at the summit. The objective of participation at the
AU Summit is for Zimbabwean women to shape the narrative of the
country, share experiences and mobilize support for their contribution
to nation building & healing with the continued and consistent
support of the women leaders who participated in the solidarity
visit, as well as other sisters and organisations on the continent
and beyond. Through participation at the GIMAC, which is a pan african
women's platform for monitoring the Solemn Declaration, Zimbabwean
women will have a platform to share their experiences, vision and
give recommendations on action areas for support.
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