ZIMTA takes initiative to address equity in Unionism Print

In line with the country’s and ZIMTA’s Constitution, Zimbabwe Teacher’s Union held its first ever Women’s conference to train women and expose them to critical mechanisms of leadership.


Created 19 July 2016


Teachers who attended the inaugural ZIMTA women conference which was held in Harare from the 27th to 30 June described the conference as an eye opener for them as they were empowered in many ways because women will inspire other women, and then it becomes a world of possibilities.

The conference was aimed at incentivizing women to get into leadership positions as they constitute the majority in the Union, so that more women will be mobilised and the union grows bigger.

Delegates who attended the conference described the conference as one of the biggest achievements in addressing gender issues and encouraging women participation in trade union activities.

Sifelani Chimbima from Selukwe Primary School in Shurugwi district described the event as a great achievement in addressing gender equity in trade unionism. “l personally have been empowered by this women conference as l have been urged to fully participate in trade union activities. The issue of gender equity  have been discussed and as from now onwards lm going to fully take every opportunity to spread the good things l have learnt  here so as to increase the visibility of women participation in trade unionism activities and in this case our Union which is the largest in the country in terms of its members”

I have been urged to participate in all union activities as my participation contributes to the development of our Union, said a young teacher from Cheninga Primary school in Masvingo.

Grace Mandebvu further said young teachers should defy odds by taking leadership positions in the Union which usually are taken by older generation. The young teachers should fully participate in Union activities as they will be equipping them for the leadership positions,

“The conference was helpful in many ways as l have gained a lot of skills which l will use in my daily life as a class room practioner, some of the skills if used effectively will help us solve challenges that we face especially us young teachers”, said  Elizabeth Muchekadzese  from Siachilaba Primary school in Binga.

“The conference was a platform to equip women and I’m happy” noted Miss Muchekadzese.

Tafadzwa Munodawafa a teacher from Mbiriya Primary school in Tsholotsho said “ fears and myths which are said about occupying leadership positions have to be demystified and once that has been done , definitely we are going to surpass the 1,13 percent of women in leadership positions, considering we constitute the majority  numbers in the union and that is important.

The conference which was running under the theme reconstructing ZIMTA together, attracted delegates from ZIMTA’s 10 provinces, and was attended by more than 80 delegates, from EI, SATO and ZIMTA's  Local Partners.