By Abigail Tembo
As we continue to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history and development of their countries and communities, one such woman is Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, who ventured into the male dominated world of politics at a tender age of fifteen.
Celebrated under the theme; I am generation equality; realising women’s rights, this year’s theme draws attention to the difference women have made and continue to make in various sectors.
Now Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Senator Monica Mutsvangwa who entered the political arena at the tender age of fifteen.
‘I joined the struggle at a very tender age of 15, simply because of the political situation in the country from Mutambara high school in Chimanimani. As women guerrillas in the struggle it was very tough being in the war. We always fought side by side with our male colleagues; it was a tough war,” she says.
Senator Mutsvangwa reckons women deserve a place at the high table, calling for more women to be proactive in taking up key leadership positions.
“When they ask for women empowerment they are not asking for charity, if they worked so hard before and after independence they certainly have a place, a job to do to make sure that Zimbabwe becomes independent socially, economically and as we are here we continue fighting for opportunities, we need more women up there, thanks to the policies put in place by the zanu pf government, we are happy that there has been affirmative action’
According to the veteran politician, women need to continue working hard to realise their goals and dreams.
‘Work hard, you need to put a lot of effort in whatever you are doing, be determined set even tougher targets and you will get there,” says Sen Mutsvangwa
This year’s celebrations mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which is the most progressive roadmap for the empowerment of women and girls worldwide.
Celebrating women in politics – Senator Monica Mutsvangwa
By Abigail Tembo