Government committed to empower women

By Christopher Makaza

Government will be working hand in hand with the woman Bank and various stakeholders including Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to finance women empowerment through various projects, Ministry of Women Affairs, Community Development and Small to Medium enterprises official Steven Matemai said.

Matemai said this at a provincial gender and women empowerment meeting held in Mutare recently.

Matemai revealed that the Ministry of Youth, Arts, Sports and Recreation will soon engage junior parliamentarians to include more girls in their selection of junior parliamentarians, adding that a programme to engage traditional leaders into a dialogue aimed at developing women in their communities was underway.

He further noted that the Women Empowerment Bank was making inroads to set up its branch in Mutare with agencies in all districts of Manicaland for the ease of doing business through funding different projects revealing that Government was also providing aid to over 80000 women in conjunction with World Food Programme.

The Women Empowerment Bank was established by the ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development in 2018 in order to alleviate poverty and give women from both urban and rural areas access to financial services.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa is on record urging women to take advantage of the bank which was meant to economically empower and transform the lives of a majority of them who have over the years been marginalised.