Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe on Monday said leaders should be held accountable for failing to implement the protocols they signed, promising to take care of issues that affected women and girls in Zimbabwe.
She said this yesterday while addressing the Speaker of the House of Assembly Lovemore Moyo, the President of the Senate Edna Madzongwe and Parliament administration at the occasion to mark her appointment as chairperson of the Global Women Network in Africa and a Goodwill Ambassador, in the campaign for acceleration and reduction of maternal mortality.
The aims of the Global Women Network in Africa include taking accelerated action on gender equality issues, eradicating poverty which affects mainly women and girls and dealing with HIV and Aids, which also affects mostly women in Africa.
“Women in Africa suffer more from HIV and Aids and issues of poverty affect them most and we are saying we want zero tolerance to new HIV infections, HIV related deaths, mother-to-child transmission of HIV, as well as poverty,” said Khupe.
“When it comes to paperwork we have many conventions and laws that have been signed to deal with women’s issues, but when it comes to implementation, nothing has happened and now we want to hold our leaders accountable for not taking action on those issues,” she added.