Zimbabwe Barometer 2013: Chapter 4 Productive resources and employment

Date: December 9, 2013
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  • The SGDI for the economic sector is 71% compared to the citizen (CSC) score of 69%. This SGDI does not take into consideration qualitative issues such as women’s access to land finance and other productive resources that may influence citizen’s perceptions.
  • Zimbabwe’s economic frameworks call for women’s participation in key sectors of the economy but there are no gender responsive policies in sectors such as agriculture and mining.
  • In areas where the law does provide for gender parity in access to resources, such as land, measures to ensure implementation of the law are not in place.
  • Women’s economic empowerment is a major thrust of the national gender machinery’s plans and programmes to advance gender equality and secure women’s socio-economic rights.
  • Government’s commitment to gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) is signalled through the engendering of several Call Circulars. However, with dwindling financial revenue, allocations to advance gender equality and women’s rights showed a decrease in the 2013 National Budget.
  • Women’s representation in economic decision-making positions in the public sphere remains low and there is little research on women in the private sector.
  • Women are largely concentrated in subsistence economic activities and within the informal sector.

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