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Gender audit of COPAC draft Constitution
Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association (ZWLA)
February 18, 2013
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exercise being conducted under the terms of the GPA
has now come to the end of the drafting stage. The Group of 20 and
the Women's Coalition have participated actively in the Constitution
making process by carrying out its own public consultations and
producing a Position Paper of women's expectations of the new Constitution.
party to three international agreements on the rights of women at
the international, regional and sub regional levels: the United
Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination
against Women (CEDAW), the Protocol to the African Union Charter
on Human and People's Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo
Protocol) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Protocol on Gender and Development. All three agreements enjoin
member states to have Constitutions which adequately address the
rights and needs of women .
Paper submitted by ZWLA
to COPAC during the outreach stage identified four broad needs that
women expected to be addressed under the new Constitution namely,
recognition, equality, inclusion and protection and suggested the
specific constitutional formulations to address these needs, including
the drafting language which borrowed from best practices in other
The first official
("the COPAC Draft") consisting of 18 chapters has been
prepared and made available to the public on July 17, 2012. The
and Group of 20, with the technical analysis of ZWLA and support
from UN Women, have scrutinised the draft and this paper is a discussion
of their assessment of the extent to which the draft meets the expectations
of women as contained in their Position Paper and conforms to international
standards on the protection of women's rights in Constitutions.
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