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.
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