Business - Finance - Local - October 21, 2020

Pre-Budget Strategy Paper partially mentions women and girls: ZIMCODD

ZIMBABWE Coalition on Debt and Development (ZIMCODD) notes that the pre-Budget Strategy Paper of 2021 partially mentions women and girls on issues of finance and wealth creation.

Minister of Finance and Economic Development Professor Mthuli Ncube unveiled the pre-Budget Strategy Paper last week, a valuable tool that intends to guide consultative discussions and sharing of ideas on national priority policies, programs, and projects.

Speaking at the Reflection meeting on the 2021 Pre-Budget Strategy Portfolio Committee on Budget, Finance, and Economic Development, ZIMCODD executive director Janet Zhou-Mago said the budget strategy paper only mentioned women and girls nine times.

“It is worrying to note that the BSP mentions women in only nine times as if to ignore feminization of poverty, and lack of access to finance and wealth inequalities that are experienced by women and girls. The BSP should do more for women and girls,” said Zhou.

“The BSP is silent on the development needs of women as well as effective women participation in the economy. The budget must be for the people and their social-economic development, ” Zhou said.

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