7. Women’s Empowerment, Gender Equality and Equity

Zimbabwe is party to international and regional instruments for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. The country faces challenges of limited coordination of the national gender management system, inadequate implementation of the national gender policy, partial domestication of international and regional instruments, low participation of women in politics and decision making positions, limited access productive resources, and gender based violence.

Women’s representation in the Lower and Upper House currently stands at 14 and 33 percent respectively lower than the MDGs and the SADC Gender and Development Protocol benchmarks.

In order to promote women’s empowerment, gender equality and equity and support Zimbabwe in achieving its national development goals, the United Nations in Zimbabwe has articulated its support around one main outcome:

  1. Laws, Policies and Frameworks Established and Implemented to Ensure Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls.

This outcome will contribute to progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, specifically MDG 3: promote gender equality and empower women.

To address this challenge, the UNCT will support key governance institutions in policy and legislative formulation and implementation. Support will, therefore, be rendered to Government to put in place laws and policies that increase the participation of women in decision-making bodies and positions in both the private and public sectors. Moreover, the UN will support measures to ensure that the percentage of the national budget allocated to women and girls’ programmes is increased.

The UN will work towards ensuring ratification, domestication, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of laws and policies that promote gender equality, human rights, and women and girls empowerment.

Efforts will be made to mainstream gender into all ZUNDAF outcomes using a cross sectoral approach. An estimated amount of USD 20 million will be sourced from the UNCT and development partners for this outcome.