Women are peace-builders- President Mnangagwa
Harare (New Ziana)-More women should be put in positions of authority because of their ability to build and maintain peace, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Friday.
Speaking while officially opening the 7th Zanu PF Women’s League national conference, President Mnangagwa said as the government and ruling party, they recognised that women were peace- builders.
“As government and the party, we recognise that women are peace-builders. It is very important, therefore, that more women be put in positions of responsibility, in both the public and private sectors across the political divide. You may say no to violence and come out preaching unity, peace, love and harmony in our country. After all there can be no development without peace and security,” he said.
He urged the Women’s League structures across all levels to close ranks and unite to consolidate the party’s political base.
“It is through unity, love and harmony that our party’s political power base is consolidated.
“Together with other wings of the party, you have an onerous task to educate some of the youth and other members of our society against being mislead by false and malicious narratives being propagated by some opposition parties,” he said.
President Mnangagwa said the empowerment and emancipation of women and girls remained an integral part of the political philosophy of the Zanu PF government.
“In light of this, stereotypes that degrade and undermine the rights of women and girls will not be tolerated in our society,” he said.
He said the government was also alive to the unfolding complex struggles which women faced in their daily lives.
“My government is therefore, determined to eradicate harmful practices such as gender-based violence, sexism, tribalism, regionalism and other salient systems of discrimination. These primitive and callous traits are consistent,” he said.
Turning to the economy, President Mnangagwa said the government will be announcing concrete measures regarding the issue of over pricing by businesses at the weekend.