By Nevson Mpofu
Zimbabwean women are geared for a summit slated for Dubai next year in March 2020. The unique, great and well-orchestrated summit will attract thousands of women from around the globe. The focus of the meeting is on entrepreneurial skills development.
In an interview earlier on this week in Harare, Dr Reverend Abigail Magwenzi, the Founder and Director of Red Lipstick Revolution expounded on the need for women to make it happen come 2020 in Dubai. She said that key issues of discussions will centre on imparting more cohesive skills in Business skills training, technical and operational skills, social and life skills training.
‘’As women, our goal is to train women so that they become leaders in business. We want to see a number of women in equality, empowerment, and collective action for development. This sustains livelihoods in all communities where women must be leaders in the business sector ranging from Small to Medium Enterprises, home manufacturers of quality food stuffs and also as decision markers.
‘’Women have reached levels of equality but more needs to be done in all sectors of the economy. There is need to get into extreme marginalised areas and empower women with all the skills they need. Satisfying women needs and wants starts with us here.
‘’Dubai 2020 will nurture, impart and indoctrinate unique quality skills in women who must lead by example in communities. We are a step ahead for Dubai come 2020. There are mainly those values we want to carry like a flag. These are equality, empowerment, collective action, working together and sustainability,” Dr. Magwenzi said.
Contacted for brief comment to buttress Abigail Magwenzi ‘s points, Ambassador Mary Mubi Zimbabwe Commissioner General to the Expo 2020 in Dubai said the time for women has come again to make them climb the ladder, rise and be in the skies.
She likened the Dubai up-coming conference to the Beijing Platform for Action of 1995 where women were elevated higher than ever before as guided by International instruments like the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women [CEDAW] of 1979.
‘’It is a big time event for women to rise and shine. Zimbabwe is already geared to show-case its entrepreneurial talents in all areas of development. We are therefore to lead by example, teach, train and impart skills in others. We are already far in terms of equality and empowerment. What is left is to reach our goals, vision and mission just close to us’’, said Mary Mubi .
The Global Women Leadership Summit will bring together Global Leaders, professionals, entrepreneurs, business women and women leaders. They will share and explore new areas of research and development and some emerging issues of impact to women. The main aim will be networking and devising innovative strategies that will make a huge difference to women involved in today’s competitive Global business.