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Monica Mutsvangwa: Woman of steel who entered politics aged only 15

"Work hard, you need to put a lot of effort in whatever you are doing, be determined set even tougher targets and you will get there,” says Mutsvangwa

By Staff Writer

MINISTER of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa is a determined woman of steel who believes there is a place at the higher table for more women who aim to take leadership positions in various economic, business and political sectors in Zimbabwe.

According to the State-owned broadcaster ZBC News, Senator Mutsvangwa is one of the women who have shown consistent acts of courage and determination, and who has played an extraordinary role in the history and development of her countries and community.

Monica Mutsvangwa, who ventured into the male dominated world of politics at a tender age of fifteen, says: “I joined the struggle at a very tender age of 15, simply because of the political situation in the country from Mutambara High School in Chimanimani. As women guerrillas in the struggle it was very tough being in the war.

“We always fought side by side with our male colleagues; it was a tough war,” she says.

Mutsvangwa reckons women deserve a place at the high table, calling for more women to be proactive in taking up key leadership positions.

“When they ask for women empowerment they are not asking for charity, if they worked so hard before and after independence they certainly have a place, a job to do to make sure that Zimbabwe becomes independent socially, economically.

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“As we are here we continue fighting for opportunities, we need more women up there. Thanks to the policies put in place by the Zanu-PF government, we are happy that there has been affirmative action,” said Mutsvangwa.

According to the veteran politician, women need to continue working hard to realise their goals and dreams.

“Work hard, you need to put a lot of effort in whatever you are doing, be determined set even tougher targets and you will get there,” says Mutsvangwa

Zimbabwe this year joins the rest of the world in celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which is the most progressive roadmap for the empowerment of women and girls worldwide.

The Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action, adopted unanimously by 189 countries at the Conference in 1995, recognises women’s rights as human rights and sets out a comprehensive roadmap for achieving equality between women and men, with concrete measures and measurable outcomes across a range of issues affecting women and girls.

These outcomes are divided into 12 inter-related areas where a need for urgent action was identified: poverty, education and training, health care, violence against women and girls, armed conflict, economic empowerment, power and decision-making, mechanisms to promote advancement of women, women’s human rights, the media, the environment and the rights of the girl child. – Zimbabwe Voice

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