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The Global Gender Equality Constitutional Database is a repository of gender equality related provisions in 194 constitutions from around the world. The Database was updated in partnership with the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and with support from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and the Government of Japan. Experience its wealth and depth of information by starting your search now.

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Women’s Rights

Zimbabwe, English

(1) Every woman has full and equal dignity of the person with men and this includes equal opportunities in political, economic and social activities.
(2) Women have the same rights as men regarding the custody and guardianship of children, but an Act of Parliament may regulate how those rights are to be exercised.
(3) All laws, customs, traditions and cultural practices that infringe the rights of women conferred by this Constitution are void to the extent of the infringement. (Sec. 80)

Participation in Public Life and Institutions

Zimbabwe, English


Appointments to the judiciary must reflect broadly the diversity and gender composition of Zimbabwe.
… (Sec. 177)

Participation in Public Life and Institutions

Zimbabwe, English

(1) Public administration in all tiers of government, including institutions and agencies of the State, and government-controlled entities and other public enterprises, must be governed by the democratic values and principles enshrined in this Constitution, including the following principles—

(j) public administration must be broadly representative of the diverse communities of Zimbabwe;
(k) employment, training and advancement practices must be based on merit, ability, objectivity, fairness, the equality of men and women and the inclusion of persons with disabilities;
and the State must take measures, including legislative measures, to promote these values and principles.
(2) Appointments to offices in all tiers of government, including government institutions and agencies and government-controlled entities and other public enterprises, must be made primarily on the basis of merit. (Sec. 194)

Participation in Public Life and Institutions

Zimbabwe, English

(1) Except as otherwise provided in this Constitution, every member of a Commission is appointed for a term of five years which is renewable for one additional term only.

(4) Where a Commission has a chairperson and a deputy chairperson, they must be of different genders.
… (Sec. 320)

Participation in Public Life and Institutions

Zimbabwe, English

(1) The State must promote full gender balance in Zimbabwean society, and in particular—
(a) the State must promote the full participation of women in all spheres of Zimbabwean society on the basis of equality with men;
(b) the State must take all measures, including legislative measures, needed to ensure that—
(i) both genders are equally represented in all institutions and agencies of government at every level; and
(ii) women constitute at least half the membership of all Commissions and other elective and appointed governmental bodies established by or under this Constitution or any Act of Parliament;
… (Sec. 17)

Participation in Public Life and Institutions

Zimbabwe, English

(1) The State and all institutions and agencies of government at every level must endeavour to facilitate rapid and equitable development, and in particular must take measures to—
(a) promote private initiative and self-reliance;
(b) foster agricultural, commercial, industrial, technological and scientific development;
(c) foster the development of industrial and commercial enterprises in order to empower Zimbabwean citizens; and
(d) bring about balanced development of the different areas of Zimbabwe, in particular a proper balance in the development of rural and urban areas.
(2) Measures referred to in this section must involve the people in the formulation and implementation of development plans and programmes that affect them.
(3) Measures referred to in this section must protect and enhance the right of the people, particularly women, to equal opportunities in development.
… (Sec. 13)

Participation in Public Life and Institutions

Zimbabwe, English


(2) Women and men have the right to equal treatment, including the right to equal opportunities in political, economic, cultural and social spheres.
… (Sec. 56)

Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Zimbabwe, English

Every person has the right to bodily and psychological integrity, which includes the right—

(b) subject to any other provision of this Constitution, to make decisions concerning reproduction;
… (Sec. 52)

Participation in Public Life and Institutions

Zimbabwe, English

(1) Every woman has full and equal dignity of the person with men and this includes equal opportunities in political, economic and social activities.
… (Sec. 80)

Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Zimbabwe, English


(3) An Act of Parliament must protect the lives of unborn children, and that Act must provide that pregnancy may be terminated only in accordance with that law. (Sec. 48)