Bill to promote gender parity in the workplace
Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter
The Zimbabwe Gender Commission (ZGC) has proposed a Gender Equality Bill that will penalize government agencies and departments that do not ensure gender parity in their appointments, as required by the Constitution.
ZGC President, Mrs. Margaret Sangarwe-Mukahanana recently revealed this at the launch of the Workplace 50/50 initiative by Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Africa Trust.
“As ZGC, we have proposed the Gender Equality Bill which we are pushing through Cabinet to provide penalties for those who do not abide by the Gender Equality Constitution,” she said. declared.
Ms. Sangarwe-Mukahanana added that the proposed bill would provide for appeal mechanisms in case of non-compliance with constitutional provisions.
“Part of our mandate is to engage with government ministries, departments and agencies on their gender equality initiatives and the 50/50 workplace may be another tool to consider,” he said. she declared.
Ms Sangarwe-Mukahanana hailed the 50/50 initiative of the SAT, saying it was in line with its mandate to promote gender equality and said it was a smart way to promote development sustainable and ensure that no one is left behind.
SAT National Director Dr Mildred Mushunje said ensuring gender equality in the workplace was a way to unlock resources for organisations.
“Signing up for this initiative could unlock resources for organizations because there’s a lot of funding out there for institutions that embrace workplace gender equality principles,” she said.
Promoting gender equality in the workplace is also believed to be another way to combat sexual harassment and abuse. The launch of the initiative came during the Women‘s Month celebrations which ended last Thursday.