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urges women to participate in politics
August 30, 2013
Commission (Zec) chairperson Justice Rita Makarau on Wednesday said
only 90 women contested for Parliamentary seats compared to 603
men during the 2013
Makarau told delegates
at a workshop in Harare aimed enhancing women’s participation
in elections that women should begin now to focus on the 2018 elections
instead of debating on missed opportunities to increase their participation
in politics and other important positions.
was sponsored by Self Help Development Foundation (SHDF) and the
Women in Politics
Support Unit (WiPSU).
that since 2008 less than a third of candidates for Parliamentary
elections were women,” said Justice Makarau. “During
the 2013 National Assembly elections, 90 women candidates contested
as compared to 603 men, while the 2008
House of Assembly elections recorded 105 female contestants
compared to 575 men, and the Senate 2008 elections recorded 58 female
contestants as compared to 122 men.”
According to statistics
released by Justice Makarau for the National Assembly, Zanu-PF fielded
25 females compared to 185 males, MDC-T 19 women to 194 men while
the MDC fielded 41 women compared to 160 men.
There were also five
female independent candidates compared to 64 male independent candidates.
Justice Makarau said
the legislated additional party list for women (60 seats) may have
had adverse effects on the participation of women.
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