At A Glance

Indices and Rankings
Gender Gap Ranking1 --
Gender Inequality Index2 0.583
HDI Ranking3 #173
Political Participation
Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses 15%/24%
Women in Parliament ranking #90
Women at ministerial level ranking #19
Year women received right to vote/be elected 1957/1978

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GovernmentParliamentary democracy
Total population12.6 million
GDP per capita (PPP)5400
HDI ranking3#173
Population under age 1541%
Urban population38%
Internet users16%
LanguagesEnglish (official), Shona, Sindebele, others

Indices Education & Employment Political Participation
Sources (January 2013): CIA World Factbook, Inter-Parliamentary Union, Internet World Stats, MDG Info 2010, Quota Project, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, UNICEF ChildInfo , UNICEF State of the World's Children 2011, United Nations Development Project Human Development Reports, World Economic Forum, World Health Organization Global Health Observatory Database. 1.The World Economic Forum's Gender Gap index assesses how well countries divide resources and opportunities amongs male and female populations in four areas: economic participation and opportunity (salaries, participation levels and access to high-skilled employment), educational attainment (access to basic and higher level education), health and survival (life expectancy and sex ratio), and political empowerment (representation in decision-making structures). 2. The UNDP's Gender Inequality Index is designed to reveal the extent to which national human development achievements are eroded by gender inequality. It is a composite measure reflecting inequality in achievements between women and men in three dimensions: reproductive health (maternal mortality ratio and adolescent fertility rate), empowerment (share of parliamentary seats, and secondary and higher education attainment levels) and the labour market (women's participation in the work force). It varies between zero (when women and men fare equally) and one (when men or women fare poorly compared to the other in all dimensions). 3. The UNDP's Human Development Index (HDI) is a summary composite index that measures a country's average achievements in three basic aspects of human development: health, knowledge, and income. It was created to emphasize that people and their capabilities should be the ultimate criteria for assessing the development of a country, not economic growth alone. 4. Vulnerable employment is a Millenium Development Goal (MDG) 1B indicator; vulnerable employments are lower productivity and informal activities such as own-account workers and unpaid family workers. They are therefore more likely to lack benefi ts associated with decent employment, such as adequate social security and recourse to effective mechanisms for social dialogue. Vulnerable employment is often characterized by inadequate earnings, low productivity and substandard working conditions that undermine fundamental labour rights.
Gender Gap Ranking1 #-- Adult literacy rate, females as a % of males 94% Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses 15%/24%
Gender Inequality Index2 0.583 Population with secondary education, female/male ratio 79% Women in Parliament ranking #90
Vulnerable employment for women (men)4 76.5%(48.4%) Women at ministerial level (ranking) 19%(#43)
Year women received right to vote/be elected 1957/1978
Lifetime risk in maternal death, 1 in 52 Quota type No legislated quota
Births per woman 3.3 Constitutional quota in lower house No
Births per 1000 women aged 15-19 101 Electoral quota in lower house No
Voluntary political party quotas Yes

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Women's Self-Promotion Movement (WSPM) is a grassroots organization created in Zimbabwe by women from various African countries. WSPM implements women’s economic empowerment and capacity-building programs that seek to improve the lives of disadvantaged women through education, economic development, and women’s leadership trainings. WSPM primarily works with disadvantaged women and girls in the Southern Africa region. Read More >

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Reports & Updates
April 2, 2015 | Africa, Leadership, Leading to Action, Leading to Choices, Leading to Choices Multimedia, Political Participation, Zimbabwe
On August 13-16, 2014, WLP Zimbabwe/Women’s Self Promotion Movement (WSPM) convened a National Training of Trainers (TOT) institute in the city of Mutare.
April 28, 2014 | Africa, Human Rights, Leadership, Leading to Choices, Political Participation, Zimbabwe
The WLP leadership and political participation curriculum reached over 1400 women, men, youth, civil society workers, and government employees in the past year through trainings implemented by WLP Zimbabwe/Women’s Self Promotion Movement (WSPM) and other civil society organizations in Zimbabwe trained by WSPM. This spread of WLP’s grassroots workshops is a cascading effect of a recent WLP Training of Trainers Institute (TOT) held in Harare, Zimbabwe by WSPM in February 2013.
April 28, 2014 | Africa, DRC, Human Rights, Stop Violence Against Women, Political Participation, Zimbabwe
On March 8, 2014, International Women’s Day, in Fizi Centre, South Kivu province, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), nearly 3000 women, men, and youth participated in a public march marking the beginning of the “Mouvement Asma Khader,” and calling for an end to the impunity of perpetrators of gender-based violence in their communities. “Mouvement Asma Khader” is an activist network that was created by the DRC-based NGO Action des Femmes a la Non-Violence (AFNV), and dedicated to fighting gender-based violence in DRC.
November 14, 2012 | Americas, Brazil, Leading to Action, 2012 Events, Egypt, Political Participation, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Turkey, Zimbabwe
In October, WLP traveled to Lima, Peru for the World Movement for Democracy (WMD) seventh Global Assembly, Democracy for All: Ensuring Political, Social, and Economic Inclusion. The conference brought together WLP Partners and more than 500 democracy activists, practitioners, and scholars, providing an important opportunity for learning, exchange, and networking with civil society actors from across the world.
May 9, 2008 | Leadership, Leading to Choices, Zimbabwe
Despite the deepening financial crisis, WLP Zimbabwe/Women’s Self-Promotion Movement (WSPM) held a National Training of Trainers Institute from May 1-5, 2007 for 26 women leaders from 13 different community based organizations, NGOs, and religious groups. With inflation soaring past 4,500%, according to the government, and independent financial institutions estimating the actual rate to be double that amount, the situation in Zimbabwe is critical. About 80 percent of Zimbabweans are unemployed, by some estimates.
September 28, 2007 | Africa, Leading to Choices, Zimbabwe
Due to government repression as well as the ongoing economic crisis in which inflation rates have soared past 1,000%, NGOs and specifically, women’s rights organizations, face a great deal of difficulty in the work they do on the ground. Violence against women is on the rise, and there has been an increase in the number of female-headed households as men leave to find jobs elsewhere. The HIV/AIDS pandemic adds to the crisis women and children are facing in Zimbabwe.
March 21, 2007 | Africa, eNews 16, Leadership, Leading to Choices, Zimbabwe
We are pleased to share that Ms. Solome Nakaweesi Kimbugwe has been named the Executive Director of Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) headquartered in Kampala, Uganda. AMwA was founded to create space for African women to organize autonomously, identify issues of concern to them and to empower them to speak for themselves. AMwA aims to provide solidarity, support, awareness, and to link African women active in skills building and self-development.


Patricia McFadden

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Patricia McFadden is a sociologist, activist, and scholar who has worked in the antiapartheid movement for over 20 years. She has taught at universities since 1976 and is the former director of the Feminist Studies Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe. She is a visiting scholar at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center based at Mount Holyoke College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she is writing a book on feminism and nationalism. She is the former editor of the Southen African Feminist Review and present editor of African Feminist Perspectives.

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