COMMENT: Everyone should emulate the AFZ in applying gender equality
The Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ) is to be commended for taking steps towards achieving gender parity within its ranks and ranks in line with the drive to empower women of the Second Republic.
Speaking during a passout parade for Basic Officers Course (BOC) number 1/2021 and Prospective Officers Course (POC) number 1/2021 at Josiah Tungamirai Air Base in Gweru last Friday, AFZ Commander Air Marshal Elson Moyo said he is committed to empowering women in line with the country’s efforts to maintain gender equity and equality in the workplace .
He said the AFZ is striving in every way to ensure that it leads the promotion and implementation of gender equality across all departments.
“Among the 52 graduates, 17 women represent 33% and the rest are men.
The increase in the number of women on the course illustrates AFZ’s continued efforts to empower women, in line with the country’s efforts to maintain gender equity and equality in the workplace,” said Air Marshall Moyo.
Addressing party delegates at the 7th national conference of the Zanu PF Women’s League late last month, President Mnangagwa urged society to pause and reflect on the important role women have played in Zimbabwe’s independence and their contributions to shaping the country’s contemporary society.
Already, the Second Republic has facilitated the creation of a 30% quota for women in local government, while in Parliament the quota system, which was coming to an end when elections are held next year, has been extended for two additional terms.
This is among a number of initiatives that the Second Republic has implemented for the upliftment of women in the country.
He said it was important to appreciate, more than anyone else, the political, socio-cultural and economic role that women have played in the growth of Zimbabwe’s economy through industrialization, digitalization and modernization. economic value chains for food self-sufficiency.
Women, said President Mnangagwa, must be included in all economic spheres and participate in all technological developments offered by the use of modern information and communication technologies (ICTs) so that they enhance their capacity creative.
“Given the era of high technology and the associated rapidly developing digital economy, you, as the Women’s League, must push for access to the internet and ICT in general, by women , especially those in rural areas.
“Women must not be left behind in the ongoing digital revolution.
The women of Zimbabwe must be the main architects and builders of their own destiny and indeed the builders of our beautiful country; brick by brick and stone by stone,” the president said.
Beyond empowering women, the Second Republic pushed for inclusivity in line with President Mnangagwa’s philosophy that no one or place will be left behind in the country’s development trajectory.
This has led to a push for equal participation of all Zimbabweans in national development, including previously marginalized communities, as part of the government’s broad-based empowerment programmes.
The government has recently facilitated the recruitment of members of the San community into the country’s security services following a Cabinet resolution that the country’s security services should introduce a quota system for the San community in as part of their integration into society at large.
Last week, a total of 20 young people, comprising eleven men and nine women from the San community of Tsholotsho District, Matabeleland North Province, wrote their own piece of history when they became the first group to graduate as Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service (ZPCS) officers during the 150th Correctional Officer Recruit Passout Parade at Ntabazinduna Prison Training School.
President Mnangagwa, who was the guest of honor at the event, said the recruitment of members of the San community into the ZPCS is part of the Second Republic’s drive to create opportunities for all through equal participation in government empowerment and development programs.
“In the spirit of leaving no one or place behind, it’s impressive that some of the graduates in this swoon parade are from the San community,” he said.
“This aligns with my administration’s desire to ensure equal participation of all citizens in the government’s various large-scale empowerment and development programs,” he said.
The President said the inclusion of a significant number of women in ZPCS recruitment, training and staff development programs demonstrates the government’s commitment to recognizing and promoting gender equality in line with policy. on gender equality, the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063 and the United Nations sustainable development. Goals.