Policy brief No 1/ 2020. Proportional Representation: 50/50 for Women
The proposal to amend the Constitution and extend the quota system for women has been received with adverse comment by the women’s movement. This will extend the current quota system through the 10th and 11th sessions of parliament, as well as adding a party list for youth for proportional representatives, one from each Province.
Since the Constitution in Section 17 is prescriptive about the equality of women, and the general status of women in Zimbabwe is wholly dependent upon constructive and affirmative legislation and policies, there can be no precipitate action here. This current policy brief therefore summarizes the literature on women’s representation, both nationally and internationally, and makes recommendations on the way forward. It summarizes the findings from two recent reports by the Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU).
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