By ZBC Reporter
ZIMBABWE remains committed to promoting gender equality and putting in place policies that promote women’s participation and protection in peace and security matters.
The country’s legislation supports the core pillars of the United Nations Security Council resolution 1325, which among other aspects seeks to increase women’s participation in conflict resolution and peace building.
This was government’s message at a technical committee and key stakeholders meeting of the development of Zimbabwe’s National action plan for the United Nations Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 1325.
“The UN women commissioned a study on the implementation of UNSCR 1325 in Zimbabwe in 2020 which recommended the development of a National Action plan on women, peace and security agenda. The plan will be a tool for government’s implementation of women peace and security agenda,” said Mr Nicholas Mbara, Director Policy, Public Relations and International Affairs in the Ministry of Defence and War Veteran Affairs.
UN Women Governance Advisor, Gorreti Mudzongo said the UNSC 1325 resolution recognises women as essential participants in building sustainable peace and security.
“The WPS agenda focuses on women’s participation and protection in addressing peace and security. It recognises that women are not mere victims of violence. It outlines a series of actions, commitments and resolutions for women, peace and security,” said Mudzongo.
Zimbabwe will join 99 other countries that have developed National Action plans on the UNDCR 1325 such as Namibia, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda.