Women’s group piles pressure for women to achieve gender equality

Women’s Academy for Leadership and Political Excellence (WALPE) has said it is concluding the year at a high note by engaging aspiring women leaders to share and discuss strategies to achieve gender equality through public consultative and sensitization indabas, distribution of small income generating project funds and engaging in sponsored walks as part of women empowerment and advocating for gender parity in all leadership positions.

The organisation said these activities were held in Nyanga, Mutasa both in Manicaland province, Chiredzi in Masvingo province and Hopley in Harare province.

“The women were also given the outcomes of a research conducted by WALPE and SAPST on the ‘Efficacy of the Women’s Parliamentary Proportional Representation Quota System’ which showed that the proportional representation system which was implemented between 2013 and 2018 has not meaningfully increased the number of women elected into parliament as envisaged,” WALPE said.

“In fact, the number of directly elected women in the 210 seats of the National Assembly has dwindled from 26 in 2013 to 25 in 2018.”