Harare, Zimbabwe (News of the South)-The inclusion of women and youth is an economically pragmatic step that should be embraced by all since the two demographic sectors account for large parts of the population according to an expert in governance.

 

Speaking at a Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) workshop Dr Martha Mtisi , Senior Program Specialist at IDRC said inclusive development will be fundamental for the attainment of national goals.

 

“Its not just pragmatic but is makes economic sense because when we look at the informal sector, over 80% are women.

 

“They are the lynchpin of the economy, whilst of the total population over 60% are youths. Thus its economically pragmatic to involve these two”,she said.

 

Dr Mtisi applauded the progressive way in which many African governments have embraced the cases of women and youths with the African Union (AU) making 2017 the year for harnessing the youth.



“Many governments have followed and embraced the youth initiative, adopted policies and laws that seek to enhance the standing of women and youths by including them in peace building, security, economy and others”, she added.

 

However she lamented the symbolic inclusion of women and youths in politics alleging that their roles have not been central as they have been reduced to peripheral roles.

 

“Number of women and youths in politics is too low and they have continues suffering from youth capture, gender patronage.

 

“We need to interrogate this symbolic form of inclusion and close the policy practice gap”, she added.

 

The RAU event was organised to provide a platform for different gender stakeholders to deliberate on the issues affecting women and youths in the country.

 

These range from economic and social.



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