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18 Zimbabweans Attend Gender Summit

Zimbabwe has dispatched an 18-member contingent of women to a three-day Southern African Development Community (SADC) gender protocol summit which opened on Monday in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The hosts of the summit are Gender Links and Southern Africa Protocol Alliance. The summit is pushing SADC governments to honour their commitment towards a 50-50 gender representation in all top decision-making positions and the legislature by 2015.

The protocol aims to provide for the empowerment of women, to eliminate discrimination and achieve gender equality by encouraging and harmonising the development and implementation of gender responsive legislation, policies and programmes and projects.

In the July 31st elections, Zimbabwe managed to increase the number of women representatives from 18 percent to 34 percent.

South Africa and Malawi are not faring well, but Mauritius is being commended for making significant progress through constitutional changes.

Information officer at Women in Politics Support Unit (WIPSU), Tsitsi Mhlanga, said the meeting is significant and enlightening.