Paul Pindani in Chinhoyi
THE Deputy Minister of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Jennifer Mhlanga has said the empowerment of women in businesses was critical for the country’s economic growth and development.
Dep Min Mhlanga made the remarks at Young Women for Economic Development (ywED) meeting that was held in Chinhoyi.
She said the establishment of ywED in Mash West is to empower young women aged between 18 and 45.
She said the initiative takes on board all women as long as they fall within this age group.
“Consistent with the aspirations and determination of the people of Zimbabwe, young women are included to achieve an economic and prosperous upper middle income society by year 2030,” said Mhlanga.
“The second republic under the able leadership of (President Mnangagwa) ED launched vision 2030 to chart a new transformative inclusive development for the country.
“The absorption of the majority of you young women in these initiatives either in enterprises or as employees will ignite the dynamism to steer the development of our nation and you are not left behind as young women.”
She urged the young women to network with other entrepreneurs.
“Live with other service providers and benchmark your product and services with other products on the market.
Speaking at the same occasion, Provincial Minister Mary Mliswa-Chikoka said one of President Mnangagwa’s main objectives in line with vision 2030 is the upliftment of women and having them take leadership positions, particularly in politics, the economy and governance.
“His (President Mnangagwa) sincerity to these cause has seen government truly walking the talk when it comes to women empowerment.
“I believe that our President’s experience in both the party and government have taught him that women are a valuable asset in the development of our nation,” said Min Mliswa.
“He is now on the forefront of creating an enabling environment for women so that they can participate in the political and economic arena in Zimbabwe.
“Saka zvakakosha kuti tinofanirwa kupinda into political space that we are being encouraged by the President.”
Member of Parliament Tatenda Mavetera, the national Chairperson or ywED, said they thought of coming to Chinhoyi as ywED as they realized that it was quite important for her to get young women involved in the economic growth of the country.