By Nomalanga Makwelo
The Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe has called for the appointment of a female Vice President saying that the appointment of a female member to the Presidium will contribute to the full and equitable participation of Zimbabwean women in political and public life.
The call comes after the resignation of former Vice President Kembo Mohadi on Monday.
In a statement the Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe(WCOZ),a non governmental organization made up of a network of groups which deal with women’s issues, called on President Emmerson Mnangagwa to rectify the gender imbalance which currently exists in the Presidium by appointing a female Vice President to the current vacant position .
“Cognisant of this opportune time , we urge the President , H.E President E.D Mnangagwa to exercise his powers to appoint a female Vice President , in a manner that demonstrates his often sated commitment to equality in appointments and electoral representation . We further plead with the President to rectify the constitutional gender imbalance which currently exists in the Presidium and which has threatened any gender equality gains that had been made in terms of parity in political representation. ” , reads the statement
The organization also called on the President to promote gender equality in representation ,in all spheres of the society as stated by the Constitution.
“Accordingly , sections 17, 56 and 80 of our constitution place a duty on the State ,whose power is exercised by the President to promote parity in representation of women in all spheres of Zimbabwean society on the basis of equality with men. Additionally , Zimbabwe is a signatory to a number of international instruments that strive to ensure that women are represented at all levels and in all spheres of the society and these include the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights , SADC Protocol on Gender and Development and Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women ( CEDAW) . These instruments encourage State parties to take all appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination against women in the political and public life of the country and further echo the principle that women are equal partners with men at all levels of development and implementation of State policies and development programmes.”
It also called upon the nation during this time to reflect upon the active role that women have played in building this country.