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  1. The Bill should clearly state the significance of the Gender Commission through the inclusion of constitutional provisions advancing gender equality and promoting the principle of nondiscrimination.
  2. The Bill should state the independence of the Commission as stated in the Constitution.
  3. The Minister of Women Affairs should not appoint the Chief Executive Officer and staff of the Commission.
  4. The Gender Forum should be free for all interested to attend.
  5. The Commission's report on findings and its recommendations should be presented to Parliament.
  6. The power of the Commission should clearly be stated that they shall not investigate a pending criminal case.
  7. The Bill should clearly define:
  • Gender
  • Gender mainstreaming
  • Gender equality and equity



On the 14th of November, ZWLA recognised four Women Human Rights Defenders under the following categories:

1. WHRD Lawyer

2. WHRD Non-Lawyer
3. Young WHRD
4. WHRD  ZWLA Client
It was an honour for ZWLA to recognise four very different people, who works, resilience and personalities have contrinbuted in diverse ways towards the promotion and protection of women's human rights.
Hon. Jessie Majome received the first award for the Women Human Rights Defender who is a lawyer. She was nominated for, among other things, being the 1st woman lawyer to be elected to the Parliament of Zimbabwe, being the only woman lawyer in the 7th and the present 8th Parliament, and using that role to advance women's rights such as in the new Constitution, pushing its implementation, combating gender based violence especially through her motion pending in the House and battling to end early, child & forced marriages. Previous recepients of this award from 2013 backwards are Justice Emilia Muchawa, Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, Justice Priscilla Chigumba , Justice Rita Makarau  and Professor Julie Stewart in 2007.
Hon. Jessie Majome receiving her trophy from LRF Director, Deborah Baron

The non-lawyer award went to Grace Chirenje, the Director of Zimbabwe Young Women's Network for Peace Building (ZWYNP), through which she has defended women's rights in relation to democracy, good governance and conflict transformation.
Millicent Moyo from the University of Zimbabwe received the Young Women Human Rights Defender award for her sterling work at the campus' legal aid office, where she has dedicated her free time to assisting women who need free legal services.
The last award went to Mildred Mapingure whose resilience and endurance in fighting for her rights and subsequently the rights of thousands of other women is documented here.
An emotional Mildred Mapingure happy to be recognised after 7 years of seeking justice

ZWLA, in partnership with ICJ, will be hosting the first ever National Women Lawyers Conference form the 13th to the 14th of November. To find out more on the speakers and presentations, please read the attached Conference Bulletin.