By TARIRO MUSHORE
Even though most Southern African countries have since adopted programs and initiatives that empower women, there is need to trace if the provision of the Beijing declarations are being implemented.
The Beijing declaration pushes for women participation and gender equality at every epoch.
However, the question now is “Are we there yet? Have we achieved gender equality in all sectors including politics, religion and in the workplace?
Since the Bible times, women are not allowed to participate or preach in front of the whole congregation because they are treated as minors who cannot be involved in the decision making process of the community. This is also the same status quo in our day to day politics, social and religious affairs in Zimbabwe.
Gender sensitivity is also lacking when people select members to various social committees, such schools development committees, and even composition of church organs.
In parliament gender parity has not yet been achieved hence a cry by women to have equal seats with men. In light of this, the Youth Empowerment and Transformation Trust (YETT) has called for the participation of young women and young men in discussions on gender matters, the women’s quota system and the youth quota system, the implications of the quota system and also review the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2.
YETT held the second edition of the women summit on the 19th and 20th of March with an objective of engaging with youth from various parts of Zimbabwe with a purpose of getting their views on the proposed proportional representation of women and the proposed 10 seats for the youths.
Young people also want the youth quota to be age specific so that they compete against each other. However, this must not be restricted to political parties or concentrations only.
People living with disability should also be included in civic engagements and in decision making.