By ZBC Reporter
WOMEN in leadership positions have been challenged to be agents of change and influence national socio-economic development.
The need for women to fill the leadership space and help solve some of the global challenges has come under the spotlight at a mentorship and capacity building workshop for emerging female leaders organised by the United Nations Women and the African Women Leaders Network.
“The UN Women strives to create a strong network of leadership groups across the continent with the objective to nurture and grow women leaders on the continent in pursuit of equality for women,” she said.
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, who is also a member of the African Women Leaders Network, rallied young women to influence the current discourse by emulating the bravery of the likes of Mbuya Nehanda who was one of the architects of the liberation struggle which brought the independence being enjoyed in Zimbabwe today.
“Young women of today can be instrumental in driving change just the way Mbuya Nehanda was one of the influencers of the liberation struggle which shows that it is possible for women to be instruments and agents of change,” she said.
MDC-T leader, Honourable Thokozani Khupe challenged young women to contribute to the country’s development trajectory.
“I have been leadership myself for years and it is incumbent upon the young women to spearhead the development initiatives of the country but that needs them to be very much focused,” she said.
One of the young women leaders, Ruvarashe Miti said she is now more than inspired to make a positive change in society after attending the workshop.
“I AM now more determined to show other women that we can bring the positive change that we all require if we work together,” she said.
The African Women Leadership Network Zimbabwe Chapter was established in 2017 and is part of the United Nations African Women Leaders Network which is an action-oriented initiative that seeks to enhance the leadership of African women in bringing transformative changes focusing on peace, security and development.