Zimbabwe’s first school of politics opened

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Zimbabwe’s first school of politics opened

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ZIMBABWE’S first ever women’s political leadership school was on Friday launched in Masvingo under the name, Women’s Academy for Leadership and Political Excellence (Walpe).

Walpe, according to its director Sitabile Dewa, is “a women’s political empowerment and leadership academy set up to advance knowledge and deepen the capacity of women who want to successfully run for public elected positions.”

Dewa said the academy is driven by the need to challenge the status quo, through creating platforms and opportunities for women to get into decision-making and leadership positions, after the number of women who successfully ran for office in the July 30 2018 elections went down marginally.

In the last elections, women constituted 52% of the registered 5,7 million voters and although a high number was involved as voters, polling agents, campaigners, only a few ran for public office.

Click here to read the full article published by News Day on 11 December 2018.

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