By Mutsa Makuvaza
INFORMATION, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa has rallied young women to influence the current political and economc 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.
Mutsvangwa, a Senator, made the call while speaking 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 Woman 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.
“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.
Addressing the same meeting, MDC-T interim president Thokozani Khupe challenged young women to contribute to the country’s development trajectory.
Both Mutsvangwa and Khupe are members of the African Women Leaders Network.
The African Women Leaders Network was launched at the UN Headquarters in New York in June 2017, under the auspices of the African Union Commission and the United Nations (UN) through the Office of the AU Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security and UN Women.
Three years after it was established, the network comprises over 500 African women across generations and sectors. Its ambition is to create a continent-wide force of women leaders who contribute to Africa’s transformation in line with Africa Agenda 2063 and the Global Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.
Through its National Chapters, the African Women Leaders Network is mobilizing women towards a continental movement that will elevate the status of women’s leadership in Africa.
This effort has six key pillars: governance and political participation, peace and security, finance and women’s entrepreneurship, youth leadership, agriculture, and social mobilization. – Zimbabwe Voice ■