Wanted: Gender Commission

The Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre and Network (ZWRCN) has called on parliamentarians to unite towards ensuring that the Gender Commission Bill sails through parliament in the shortest time possible.

A statement issued by the organisation acknowledged the progress made by the government of Zimbabwe towards the establishment of the Gender Commission urging government to avail adequate resources for its effective functioning.

“We believe substantive resources will be required for its full functioning and the achievement of important milestones going forward,” read a statement by the ZWRCN.

“It is good news that the Cabinet has approved the Gender Commission Bill and it is likely to be tabled in Parliament in July and we are very pleased that the process to adhere to Section 245 of the Constitution has begun.”

Last week, cabinet approved the Gender Commission Bill, which is likely to be tabled in parliament in July.

Once set up, the Commission has several functions some of which include investigating possible violations of rights relating to gender, conducting research into issues relating to gender and social justice and recommending changes to laws and practices which lead to discrimination based on gender.

“It is the role of the Gender Commission to advise public and private institutions on steps to be taken to ensure gender equality so that we start in earnest a process of comprehensively and systematically tracking and monitoring gender equality and equity in the country,” read the ZWRCN statement.

It stated that the Commission had a key role towards ensuring that Zimbabwean women enjoyed their full rights, including effectively addressing issues such as Gender based Violence (GBV).

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