The Zimbabwe Gender Commission (ZGC) has expressed deep concern at the low number of women with senior positions in government and parastatals.
The Commission said in a statement Friday that a baseline survey it conducted in 2017 indicated that few women occupied senior positions in government, parastatals and boards under various ministries and that despite encouraging ministries to close the gender gap, nothing much had been done.
According to the survey, women occupying senior management positions in government ministries constituted 32 percent against 68 percent for men, while in parastatals 79 percent were male chief executive officers and 21 percent women.
Board members constituted 65 percent male and 35 percent women.
The Commission said board appointments since 2017 did not show any gender balance.
“If anything, most recent appointments show a consistent trend to deliberately disregard gender balances as required by the Constitution.
“It is against this backdrop that the ZGC expresses its deep concern at this disregard of the Constitutional provisions. This trend cannot be allowed to continue and the Commission will continue to urge ministries to ensure that we achieve gender balance in all state institutions,” the Commission’s chairperson Margaret Sangarwe said.
She said ensuring gender balance in government would help the country to achieve Sustainable Development Goal of achieving gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls.
“The Zimbabwe Gender Commission has developed a database of women professionals and executives and ready to avail these names to ministries for consideration when appointing boards and senior executives,” Sangarwe said. Enditem