Zimbabwe: Parties undermining women's quota system

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Zimbabwe: Parties undermining women's quota system


There is a real risk by political parties to undermine the spirit behind the women's quota system which is provided for in the Constitution aimed at empowering women by reserving 60 National Assembly seats for them.

Mr Speaker Sir, an observation on candidates as the country races towards the July 30, 2018 harmonised elections, showed that some women MPs with geographical constituencies have given up those to take up seats under the proportional representation system which the Constitution envisages should be taken up by a woman who wants to be a legislator for the first time.

Needless to say the objective of such a provision is to elevate disadvantaged, but gifted women in decision making bodies such as Parliament.

Click here to read the full article published by All Africa on 19 July 2018.

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