On the 9th of May 2013, PROWEB participated in the Leading Women of Africa Celebrations, hosted by Dindindi and The Circle which is part of Tendayi Mamvura, a PROWEB Trustee. The event which was an evening tea was attended by officials from Ministry of Women Affairs and women from all walks of life. The objective of the ‘high tea’ was to celebrate women achievers in our country and the region. The meeting was also addressed by Sofie Dilmitis, a human rights activist who has lived with HIV for the last 17 years and is married and has a one year old son. The women who were honoured were drawn from three categories; Achievement- Professor Hope Sadza, the Chancellor of Women’s University in Africa. Compassion- Kiki Divaries the patron of Miss Zimbabwe and Inspiration Madelien Mkunu, President of Leading Women of Africa based in South Africa
PROWEB hosted the Labour Day Commemoration Breakfast Meeting on the 29th of May 2013 at Sango Conference Centre. The workshop sought to provide a platform for women to be informed on issues surrounding the Labour Act and the Human Resources Profession. The seminar was a breakfast meeting which was attended by professional and business women and men from different companies.
Outcomes of the meeting were:
- Enlightened the floor on various aspects of the Labour Act in relation to professional and business women.
- Provisions of the labour Act are not friendly to the business or professional woman.
- The human resources profession, the discussion pointed out that competence is essential for one to be hired or not and should not be based on gender.
- There is need for extensive education on short term contracts and their impact on women employer and employees
- More networking and informative forums should be held to assess current policies in Zimbabwe and their impact on women in business and professionally
- The seminar discussions brought out the barriers to entry into the board arena beyond legislature and policy relate mainly to attitudes, social and cultural dynamics. Most boards are predominately male, the tendency is to recruit those with whom there is a higher likelihood of chemistry in order to promote speedy achievement of board objectives.
- Women need to build their skills and self-esteem in order to be credible and confident contributors to boards.
- Women need to be available to other women to mentor and support them and position them for board membership.
- In addition to personal development and mentoring and endorsement by other women, there is need for institutional facilitation of the acquisition of new skills through a formal training program. In addition, a database of board ready women will promote the inclusion of a wider range of women in boards.
- A broader search for participants in the programs so that potential board members and leaders are identified due to the barriers to entry discussed in this session.