Access To Information Pivotal In Gender Mainstreaming

By Tafadzwa Mukome

Access to information will play a critical role in fulfilling the gender mainstreaming policy framework spearheaded by the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works.

Government launched gender mainstreaming departments in almost all it’s ministries to promote gender inclusiveness and wellness of minority groups.

During the second session of the three day gender mainstreaming workshop , held in Bulawayo on Wednesday , Acting Director of the new Gender Mainstreaming Department in the Ministry , Mrs Ruvarashe Chigiya – Mujeni , said developing the gender inclusivity and wellness policy framework will be spearheaded by access to information which plays a pivotal role in gender needs analysis of vulnerable groups so that they are catered for in ministry structures.

“Government introduced these departments to make sure that issues of equity are addressed in all its departments. The mandate is to ensure that Section 17 of the Constitution which speaks on gender and equal representation in all institutions is adhered to . We are in the process of developing the policy framework to meet all the needs for vulnerable groups. We picked 65 people from different provinces who are being used as samples to gather information and needs analysis based on gender ” , said Chigiya-Mujeni .

The framework will be cascaded to grassroot levels in local languages translated to compliment governments efforts to improve access to information as espoused by the recently effected Freedom of Information Act .

” After the launch of the policy it will be available in two main local languages Shona and Ndebele to make sure that all the vulnerable groups have access to all the necessary information so that the people are able to understand the policy . Usually they do not follow such issues because of language and information barriers , ” she said .

Implementation and monitoring strategies that include funding are already in place to ensure that women , youth and person’s with disabilities know how to respond to issues of gender equality and participation in the decision making process.


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