President Emmerson Mnangagwa attended the first Women Councillors Indaba on Thursday, constituting female councilors across the political divide, in Victoria Falls.
The key expectation of the Women Councillors forum was to equip women in local Government the chance to deliberate on key issues aimed at driving local authorities as engines for local economic development in line with the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1).
“Women continue to play an important role in the socio-economic and political development of our country, the setting up of public institutions such as the Gender Commission and the Women Micro Finance Bank as well as the domestication of International Convention and Protocols on women issues are some of the interventions to achieve women empowerment,” President Mnangagwa said.
It has been noted that more females are breaking the barriers by venturing and performing outstandingly in the science fields as well as registering successful business ventures, innovations, and inventions.
“Going forward, it is at such Forums that women should unpack and explain broad economic policies that propel development and an improved standard of life for our people, the Second Republic is about action, and those issues that put bread and butter on the tables of our people.
“In doing so, it is important for Women Forums to develop and implement concrete strategies for the realisation of these objectives, my Government stands ready to consider other options and proposals that will see the inclusion of more women in decision-making bodies,” President Mnangagwa said.
President Mnangagwa also encouraged the media to promote a positive perception of the potential and achievements of women in leadership.
“Government continues to strike the balance between women empowerment, emancipation and economic growth as such, gender mainstreaming has been infused as a crosscutting issue in the National Development Strategy 1(NDS1) and will give impetus to the attainment of the continental aspirations,” he said.
Women will be primary empowerment and job creation targets in as much as they are the majority who make an important contribution as productive workers, entrepreneurs, consumers, and agents of change.
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