About Zimbabwe Gender Commission
The Zimbabwe Gender Commission, “hereinafter referred to as the Commission” was established in terms of Section 245 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, “hereinafter referred to as the Constitution” and operationalised through the Zimbabwe Gender Commission (ZGC) Act (Chapter 10:31).
During the nationwide consultative processes of drafting the National Constitution, the constant resurgence of gender related issues reflected a glaring need for the establishment of an independent institution to specifically look into gender issues. This then birthed the Commission, as one of the Chapter 12 Independent Commissions supporting democracy whose objectives are set out in Section 233 of the constitution as:
- To support and entrench human rights and democracy;
- To protect the sovereignty and interests of the people;
- To promote constitutionalism;
- To promote transparency and accountability in public institutions;
- To secure the observance of democratic values and principles by the State and all institutions and agencies of government,
and government-controlled entities; and
- To ensure that injustices are remedied.
The Commission’s Strategic Direction
A society that enjoys gender equality.
To promote, protect and advance gender equality
strategic goals are:
The Strategic Goals are anchored on the Commission’s constitutional mandate and obligation. These strategic goals are:
The Commission’s Mandate
The specific mandate of the Commission is derived from Section 246 of the Constitution whose provisions are listed as follows: