Government Departments, Civic Society Organisation’s CSO’s, United Nations Agencies, Business Leaders, Women will this week converge for an inaugural two day Women Empowerment Summit in Harare coordinated by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development and the National Economic Consultative Forum (NECF) under the theme, ‘Revitalising Economic Growth through Women Empowerment’.
The summit and Expo is expected to bolster the country’s economic development blueprint Vision 2030 and foster for inclusion of women through generating knowledge on their circumstances in business.
“To provide a platform for a technical discussion on challenges and opportunities for women in business in Zimbabwe. To facilitate knowledge exchange on how to empower women in Zimbabwe; To Proffer interventions and formulate recommendations to address challenges faced by Zimbabwean women, and; To influence future policy formulation on women empowerment in Zimbabwe.” The Minister of Women’s Affairs, Community Small and Medium Enterprises Development, Sthembiso Nyoni said.
The summit is expected to avail knowledge through discussions on inclusion, production promotion, use of ICT with the realisations being used to inform Policy formulation and planning.
“The 2-day Summit will have presentations, panel discussions and high-level discussions among critical stakeholders on the following; Promoting production and value chain development. Financial Inclusion and access to capital for Production and Trade.
Promoting standards, compliance and access to Regional and International markets. Use of ICT as a tool for Improved Production and competitiveness.” Nyoni highlighted
Furthermore, “Recommendations from the Summit will inform: Policy planning on women empowerment and gender equality. Allocation of resources towards women empowerment and gender equality.”Nyoni further emphasised.
Women have lately called for inclusive approaches to development that are detached from the patriarchal legacy of society as means to Sustainable Development and the call comes at a time the world is commemorating 16 days against Gender Based Violence, GBV.