Govt decries low women participation in politics

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July Moyo

By METHEMBE SIBANDA/LORRAINE MUROMO

LOCAL Government minister July Moyo yesterday decried low participation of women in politics, saying of the 6 800 candidates that contested for council seats in the 2018 elections, only 1 156 were women.

Addressing delegates at a workshop on women’s political participation in local government held in Harare, Moyo said 14% of women were in leading positions.

“There is less participation of women in politics, the majority of them are in the council, but the challenge is that most of them were recalled last year, and so now we do not know if they are coming back. The challenge they face is that most of the seats are male dominated,” Moyo said.

He said if women were elected to council, there were high chances of improvement in service delivery.

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