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FACTSHEET: Political leadership, a gender scorecard

The Zimbabwe general elections have come and gone. Almost all key government positions have been filled and there is now enough data to assess where the country stands on the advancement of women in political governance, public administration and the general struggle for gender equality.

This summary of the facts and figures from the July 30 2018 presidential, parliamentary and council elections shows Zimbabwe still falls significantly short of the targeted 50/50 ratio with men in the representation of women in governance structures at both national and local government levels.

A review of these elections also shows that both the media and women have some serious work to do in using the media as a platform for the promotion of political, economic and social rights.

That work includes the accommodation of diverse voices and views, skilful communication and the recognition of the role of women in democracy and development in a world in which the media has increasingly become a big factor.

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