Zimta rings bell for gender equality

HARARE - Zimta president Richard Gundane has said senior officials in his organisation owe the positions they hold to women.

Gundane, who officially opened the belated International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrations hosted by Zimta on Saturday said women, by virtue of being the majority, have the power to make or break leaders.

Women constitute 52 percent of Zimbabwe’s 13 million-plus population.

“The positions we hold in Zimta as men, we owe them to women. Women...also make up the majority in Zimta,” he said.

Gundane said men need women in order for them to be effective leaders and citizens.

“Remember there is a ‘he’ in the ‘she.’ Men can’t function very well on their own without women and it is high time women realised the power they wield,” the Zimta president said.

Referring to the theme of the celebrations — Time is now: rural and urban activities: Transforming women’s lives  — Gundane said the time has arrived for women to assert their authority.

“When the time is now, we need to read correct and relevant clauses in the Zimta constitution that speak, that talk to gender equality and equity,” he said.

Gundane believes women will shrink the gap between them and men with the help of technology.

“Women must embrace technology. When you don’t do that you belong in the past and if you belong in the past you can’t influence the future,” said the Zimta president.

Apart from Gundane, the belated IWD celebrations also featured Zimta vice president Elizabeth Mahiyana, Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions vice president Florence Taruvinga, ex-Zimta president Tendai Chikowore, Zimta women representative Esther Gunda, Apex chairperson Cecilia Alexander and Female Students Network executive director Evernice Munando as well as  Zimta chief executive officer Sifiso Ndlovu.

Ndlovu said Zimta had decided to mark IWD celebrations in order to honour the various achievements made by women.

“It is a day to remember the achievements of women in various spheres. It is a day that speaks to the urgency to fight for gender parity. 

“Let us end gender stereotypes by coming up with gender-bias-free minds.


“The time has come to actualise the equal participation of women and men but for that to happen women must take an interest in trade unionism,” said the Zimta chief executive officer.


 

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