Gender Commission Bill gazetted

HARARE - Government has gazetted the Zimbabwe Gender Commission Bill, paving the way for the statute to be brought before the National Assembly for debate.

The bill, which was carried in the Government Gazette published on Friday, seeks to establish a nine-member commission whose primary role will be to mainstream gender equality in both private and public institutions.

“To provide for the establishment of the Zimbabwe Gender Commission to perform specified functions, including investigating and making of recommendations on the removal of barriers to the attainment of full gender quality; and to provide for matter connected with or incidental to the foregoing,” reads the preamble of the bill.

The bill also seeks to meet the country’s international obligations.

“It also seeks to fulfil international and regional instruments that Zimbabwe is a party to, namely: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (Cedaw) and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action,” reads the explanatory memorandum of the bill.

The functions of the commission would include, among others, monitoring issues concerning gender equality to ensure gender equality as provided for in the Constitution, investigating possible violations of rights relating to gender, advising public and private institutions on steps to be taken to ensure gender equality and recommending prosecution of criminal violations of rights relating to gender.

Also, the commission will conduct research and recommend changes to laws and practices that lead to gender discrimination based on gender.

Further, the commission will receive and consider complaints from the public and to take such action in regard to the complaints as it considers appropriate.

The commission, in addition, may through the appropriate minister submit reports to Parliament for the august House’s attention.

In September last year, soon after her appointment, Women’s Affairs and Gender Development minister, Oppah Muchinguri, said her ministry would immediately come up with a Gender Commission to ensure gender balance in all social sectors.

She said the commission would work towards attaining 50:50 percent gender representation in decision-making positions.

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GALLERYCARTRIDGES - 29 July 2014

Nowhere in the whole world do we see a 50;50 gender balance for crucial decisions especially in governments.Yes there're female leaders in UK,India,Israel,Germany etc but the men outnumbered women in those cabinets. For as long as women fight to be like men , they literally confirm their inferiority to men. Maybe wearing long trousers which is largely more about fashion,is the equality women may boast of. Women seem to hate their roles in society or marriage & that is their greatest undoing..

DAYDREAMER - 29 July 2014

Politicians thrive on lies. Opah thinks she will win a great political mileage by pretending that women will be like men very soon.It's not counting of heads like sheep for the so called gender equality.Merit is the yardstick for any position a person aspires for.To hell with this cheating 50;50 gender balance. This is just a political statement to hoodwink women.

KUFADZANA NENHEMA - 29 July 2014

Zimbabweans should elect leaders on merit and not to fulfil a 50-50 gender policy. The policy implies that we are just want to see female persons leading even if they do not qualify

S Hatifananimoyo - 16 August 2014

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