Government says despite the country making substantial progress in mainstreaming gender in the Defence forces, a lot more needs to be done.
Defence Permanent Secretary Nicholas Kwendakwema says this is why the country has adopted a deliberate policy of subjecting men and women to equal recruitment opportunities for those interested in joining the Defence Forces.
Dr. Kwendakwema said this when he officially opened the Inter-State Defence Security Committee Meeting whose theme was “Advancing Gender Equity Agenda in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Defence Forces”.
The Defence Permanent Secretary said with the deliberate policy that has been adopted, the Defence forces have seen a considerable number of females occupying senior positions.
Meanwhile, Dr. Kwendakwema has said the Inter-State Defence Security Committee Meeting could not have come at better time than now when the issue of gender equity has taken centre stage globally.
He called for urgent setting up of bench-marks for member states to follow adding that one of the requirements could be through inter-state exchange programmes for women training.
Dr. Kwendakwema noted that it must be appreciated that gender mainstreaming should not be implemented at the expense of quality where professionalism and efficiency are compromised.
SADC supports the 30% concept which has been increased to 50% by the year 2011 in advancing the admittance of women deployment in the SADC Defence Forces.