Women need to be acknowledged and be incorporated in all issues to do with policy and decision making frameworks in all major government institutions, City Council female officials have said.
The remarks were made during a “Women in Leadership Positions” seminar were senior female officials had the chance to map a way forward for gender equality within the confines of workplaces to all
The discussion comes at a time women have been making positive strides to close the gender gap between them and their male counterparts in all sectors, advocating for equal representation, wages and recognition in positions of influence.
Recently Council has been driving forward the gender policy within its workspace, which has seen the initiation of the Women in Local Government symposium taking shape.
Council’s Chief Human Capital officer Mrs Nolia Mukombeza aired out her displeasure against gender stereotyping within workspaces and encourage young female interns to take a stand for themselves to be equally successful as their male counterparts.
“Ladies it’s not the stone age were we still have to count on men to do everything for us. It’s our time to take a stand or no one will represent us. It’s time we set the bar high enough that we want to be recognised as leaders, not female leaders.
“Don’t let your biological makeup be a stumbling block. Gender is not a factor to host a position. We are totally against the thought that only man deserve to be in higher positions of leadership. We are capable and maybe even better to manage and take leadership roles with esteem to greater heights.” she said.
She also had the opportunity to point out both physical and psychological barriers which have been keeping women at bay.
“Gender stereotyping, patriachial society theories and elements of bias at workplaces has been a stumbling block for most women.
“Sometimes as much as we want to blame man, we are our own worst enemy. Man build each other up, and you will find out we have a pull down syndrome amongst ourselves.
“We also lack networking skills compared to our male counterparts who has seen us not having role models or mentorship at large. We need to change that.” she added.
According to statistics from Gender Links, close to 6 694 candidates contested in the local government elections; 1 156 women (17%) and 5 538 men (83).
Sex disaggregated representation of female councillors in Harare Metropolitan province sees only 14, 1% of women holding posts, with the majority being Harare City Council having 8 out of 46 councillors in total.