Inclusion, agency and influence: The role of women in Zimbabwe’s economy

Speakers discuss the changing role of women in Zimbabwe’s economic structures and the priorities for promoting greater economic inclusion, agency and influence of women.

Research event, Webinar
8 July 2021 — 3:00PM TO 4:30PM

Zimbabwe’s National Development Strategy of 2021-2025 highlights the importance of gender sensitivity in policymaking and of women’s economic participation in attaining the government’s Vision 2030.

However, women have been among the worst affected groups by the devastating effects that COVID-19 has had on Zimbabwe’s already floundering economy, which has exacerbated the challenges they face in economic life, such as access to credit, financial services and social security.

Leveraging existing structures such as women’s groups, micro-finance facilities, education and training, and national gender mechanisms, as well as supporting wider financial and digital inclusion in Zimbabwe, is central for the country’s sustained economic recovery.

This event also focuses on the differing impacts of COVID-19 on women’s economic activities across various sectors, as well as along rural-urban and formal-informal economy lines.

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This webinar is part of a series of events in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung on Zimbabwe’s economic recovery and reform.

This event will also be broadcast live on the Africa Programme Facebook page.


Anna Hoffmann-Kwanga, Resident Representative for Zimbabwe, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung 

Mandas Marikanda, Chief Executive Officer, Zimbabwe Women’s Microfinance Bank

Dr Emmie Wade, Executive Director, Kunzwana Women’s Association

Tatenda Ndambakuwa, Founder, Shiri

Professor Innocent Chirisa, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Zimbabwe

Chair: Christopher Vandome, Research Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House

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