By Tafadzwa Muranganwa
Young Voters Platform coordinator Desmond Sharukai says political parties in the country need to do mentoring workshops as most aspiring women candidates still lack confidence needed for elected office.
Speaking on the sidelines of a mentoring workshop for prospective women candidates organised by FreeZim Congress recently, Sharukai said a lot needs to be done for women candidates to prepare them for 2018 elections.
“There is still a vast need for adequate mentoring of these women candidates as most of them do not possess the much-needed confidence that builds a better candidate,” he said.
Participants were drawn from the country’s 10 provinces and were also trained on the electoral processes including the currently on-going biometric voter registration and the importance of participating in national electoral process, according to Sharukai such training will make them fare well against their male counterparts.
Young Voters Platform is a civic organisation formed mainly to address voter apathy among youths through mobilizing them to register and participate in electoral processes and has of late taken an interest in women candidates and voters.
Speaking at the same occasion FreeZim Congress women’s chairperson Niver Muronzi said the mentoring workshops are there to ensure women accrue leadership, social and financial skills that will better their lives
“As a party we realized that most women don’t have the requisite skills to assume legislative and council positions and sustain themselves.
“By holding these workshops we are trying to kill two birds with one stone in the sense that most women lack the self-esteem to venture into political careers and in most instances, they will be financially crippled,” she said.
Muronzi also added that by financially empowering the women it means there will be no misappropriation of party campaign funds by the candidates since they will be running viable income-generating projects with sound financial literacy.
The Joseph Makamba Busha led party guaranteed that all the workshop participants will benefit from funds that will be churned out towards various projects of each participant’s choice.