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Women's Institute for Leadership Development
March 27, 2013
WILD held a
Public Peace Debate on the 26th of March 2013 at Cillas Conference
Centre in Bulawayo. The meeting drew over 150 women from Bulawayo
to discuss about measures put in place by political parties to ensure
for effective women participation at district and national level
in the next elections.
included Judith Ncube (ZANU PF), Ginnifer Kaoma (MDC T) and Jasmine
Toffa (MDC) who are leaders in their political parties. The ladies
took time to explain their respective party manifestos and how the
provisions of the new constitution will be enshrined at institutional
expressed fears that Zimbabwean politics had not reached a stage
where women’s views and taken seriously. Gender equality largely
remains a statement to flower political utterances but vaguely taken
on board as empowerment strategy. During this meeting, it was clear
that political parties had not strategised how they will fill in
the 60 positions provided for in the proposed
Constitution. Women hoped that men in leadership positions will
not use these seats to appoint women they want to use for their
own selfish agendas. Women who want to contest in the next primary
elections said they had already sent their applications to their
respective political parties and asked the organisation to provide
workshops where they are leadership capacities are enhanced. The
Public Peace Debate spoke to issues of violence and women from all
political parties represented spoke against violence and proposed
for regular prayer meetings to invite God to continue leading in
these public processes.
with non-partisan platforms for women to have dialogue in governance
issues for true democracy & gender equality to be achieved.
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