Zimbabwe: Empowering women in security sector

Zimbabwe: Empowering women in security sector

Date: May 17, 2011
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The Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCoz), serving as the Zimbabwe Alliance National Focal point, and the Institute of Security Studies – lead organisation of the Gender, Peace and Security cluster, convened a ground breaking meeting aimed at empowering women in the security sector at the end of February 2011.

Outcomes of the meeting included establishment of close links with Zimbabwe Republic Police and Zimbabwe Prisons Services women’s networks and Kuyedza Clubs; scheduling of regular breakfast meetings to sensitise women in senior positions on International, Regional and National Legal frameworks advocating gender equality; the creation of a forum for women peacekeepers to share information and experiences in order to address their challenges and build a larger pool of women peacekeepers; and a commitment to convene training of trainers’ workshops and ensure that those who matter attend (both females and males).

Article 28.1 of the SADC Gender Protocol states that “State Parties shall endeavour to put in place measures to ensure that women have equal representation and participation in key decision making positions in conflict resolution and peace building processes by 2015 in accordance with the United Nation Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.

Download the meeting report below.


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