Zimbabwe Barometer 2013: Chapter 8 Peace building and conflict resolution

Date: December 9, 2013
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Key points

  • Both women and men in Zimbabwe scored the government 69% respectively, showing an increase in citizens’ perceptions that the country has become more peaceful and secure. Zimbabwe has moved from a ranking of number nine in 2012 to number five in 2013 in the region.
  • Zimbabwe’s security service legislation contains no special provisions for gender equality or the use of affirmative action for the recruitment of women.
  • Women’s representation in top decision-making positions in the security sector remains below 30%; gender parity has only been reached at the level of Assistant Commissioner within the Zimbabwe Prisons Services; Zimbabwe appointed the first woman Brigadier General in the National Defence Forces in 2013.
  • Women’s representation in peacekeeping forces continues to increase; in 2011, 31% of the Zimbabweans in peacekeeping forces were women, and this increased to 42% in 2012.
  • The Zimbabwean police is close to the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations target of 20% female representation; as of 2012, 18% of the peacekeepers from the police have been women.
  • Several civil society groups are working on peace and reconciliation initiatives at the community level.

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