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newsletter - Issue 1
Women In Politics
Support Unit (WIPSU)
January 31, 2013
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WiPSU held a
public meeting on women's political education which saw women
from different sectors of the society coming together to learn more
and develop an understanding of politics. Running under our campaign,
50/50 representation, the meeting sought to conscientise women about
the importance of women's participation in politics so as
to increase their number in decision making processes.
Women in Zimbabwe
constitute more than 52 percent of the population but are disproportionally
represented in decision-making positions and in national politics.
This is usually because of the patriarchal society where men are
viewed as the leaders and women are the subjects. However, women's
participation in politics is important to ensure that decision making
takes into account women's perspectives and concerns so that
legislation, policies and other facets of the national agenda become
gender responsive. Participation of women in politics advances women's
rights and ensures incorporation of women's interests, concerns
and priorities in governance and national development processes
at all levels.
was well attended by women from different sectors of the society
including MPs, politicians, teachers, artists, business women, traders,
vendors, nurses and students among others. As the women were educated
about politics they were also taught on how to participate in politics
including registering to vote, becoming a member of a political
party, contesting for leadership positions and contributing to electoral
processes as polling agents or observers.
the meeting, Zanu PF deputy secretary for women's affairs,
Cde Eunice Sandi- Moyo applauded women for taking up the challenge
as they are now leaders in different sectors but encouraged them
to continue working for equal representation.
we are not yet there, the question we have to ask ourselves is how
are we voting, how much noise are we making so that women are voted
into power, let's not sit back but continue to fight for equal
representation of women," she said.
MDC Deputy Chairperson
of the women's assembly, Ms. Elizabeth Chinyanga, encouraged
to continue fighting for their cause saying women have as much capacity
as men have. Giving the analogue of Adam and Eve, she said, when
God created men, he was not enough unless Eve came into his life.
She said no decision should be made unless women are there.
In a speech
read on the behalf of MDC T chairperson of the women's assembly,
Hon. Theresa Makone, by Ms. Sally Dura, she mentioned that Zimbabwe's
politics is male dominated because women are misinformed and not
resources because we are not there when decisions are made. However
we need to be part of political processes happening," she
She also highlighted
factors inhibiting women to venture into politics which include
political violence, lack of time as women are the labourers who
are busy looking for water, firewood and taking care of the family
and therefore have no time for politics as well as the media which
continually projects women in a negative way.
to find time to create a working relationship as women so that we
support each other, as well as to invest in knowledge sharing to
empower ourselves so that we do not feel inadequate," she
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