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History of Women Parlamentarians

This fact sheet presents the number of women who have been elected into Parliament since 1980. The figures show that Zimbabwe has not reached the 30 percent minimum and the 50 percent maximum.

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Gender Disaggregated Data In the Parliament of Zimbabwe since 1980.

 

This fact sheet presents the number of women who have been elected into Parliament since 1980. The figures show that Zimbabwe has not reached the 30 percent minimum and the 50 percent maximum.

 

Background

• Gender equality is a basic human rights issue and a pre-condition for social justice, people centered sustainable development and peace.

• Today various international, regional and national instruments which envision the equality between men and women have been signed, ratified or acceded to by the majority of states in the world and are at various levels of implementation.

• Other NGOs, stakeholders and women activists also do subscribe to these same instruments, which espouse an agenda for the empowerment of women at all, the decision-making structures within the various levels of society.

• At an institutional level, Parliaments are expected to play a leading role in spearheading initiatives to approximate gender equality and to also act as gender advocates and advance the same.

• The percentage of women in Parliament, like is still the case in all the other structures in society still lags behind that of men.

The following is the Gender disaggregated data for the Parliament of Zimbabwe since1980.

 

Table I: Unicameral Parliament

Elections and Appointments

Seats

Men

Women

% of Women

1990

150

133

17

11.3

1995

150

129

21

14

2000

150

136

141

9.3

2005

150

126

24

16

Data in above table illustrates that women are underrepresented and still fall far below the 30 percent quota espoused in the SADC Declaration on Gender and Development as the target by 2005.

Table II: Zimbabwe: Parliament (Bicameral) Senate

 

Elections and Appointments

Seats

Men

Women

%Women

1980

40

37

3

7.5

1985

40

37

3

7.5

2005

66

42

24

36.36

 

1 For 2005, the combined percentage of women Parliamentarians surpassed the 30 percent threshold now revised to 50 percent across the African continent.

 

Zimbabwe: Parliament (Bicameral House of Assembly

Elections and appointments

Seats

Men

Women

% Women

2005

150

126

24

16

       

Both

Chambers

216

168

48

22.22

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