The National Peace Reconciliation Commission (NPRC ) in partnership with the Women ‘s Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCOZ) have urged women in the Midlands to take up leadership positions and advance peace and security in the province.
The institutions recently held a Provincial sensitization and awareness session on United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 at Presbyterian which was aimed at the role of women in peace and security.
Speaking at the workshop, Gweru Chapter Chairperson for WCOZ Nozipho Rutsate said the government should have mechanisms that protect women in all forms of conflicts and violence, which will also help in the emancipation of women.
“As an organization of women we always advocate for our rights and we also want to see women rising and taking those influential positions so that we are represented in different spheres, “said Rutsate.
UN Security Resolution 1325 is the United National agenda for women’s peace and security which is aimed at promoting peace for women.
The main mandate of this resolution is to ensure justice, rehabilitation, unity and cohesion in disputes that may occur in the community or at the country level.
Through this resolution, women are being put at the centre of peace building so that women participate fully and actively in achieving peace in the country.
Meanwhile, Midlands Commissioner for NPRC Dr Donwell Dube said NPRC is one of the five independent commissions established in terms of sections 232(e)and 251 of the constitution of Zimbabwe which ensures post-conflict justice, healing and reconciliation.
“As NPRC we implement programmes that promote national healing, unity, cohesion and bring about national reconciliation by encouraging people to tell the truth about the past,” said Dube.