The Gender Media Connect (GMC) Thursday signed a landmark agreement with the Parliament of Zimbabwe to promote gender equality and the development of media skills in women members of parliament, Parliamentary Portfolio Committees and the administration of Parliament.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Honourable Advocate Jacob Mudenda and Susan Makore, Vice Chairperson of GMC.
The MOU commits GMC to helping parliament and the Zimbabwe Women Parliamentary Caucus (ZWPC) with expertise on gender, media and women’s rights, including development of a communication strategy.
Speaking to The Humanitarian Post, Thursday ,GMC National Director, Abigail Gamanya said the agreement indicates the parliament’s positive perceptions towards GMC.
“This is a vote of confidence shown by parliament in our organisation’s capacity to equip parliamentarians with competent media skills,” she said.
This development follows years of cooperation between Parliament and GMC in media skills training for ZWPC, and the publication in 2019 of a groundbreaking book — Counting the Gains — recording the work of Zimbabwean women legislators.
The move is expected to go a long way in equipping the parliamentarians with requisite media skills , thereby positioning them to effectively take advantage of the media in advancing issues through media.