Ministry Vision

Socially and economically empowered women and resilient communities enjoying gender equality in a Small and Medium Enterprises driven economy by 2030.

Ministry Mission Statement

To formulate, implement policies / programmes for women’s empowerment, gender equality, resilient communities, MSMEs, and cooperatives development and to coordinate stakeholders in the sectors.

  • Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment No. 20; Sections 2,3,6,13,14, 17, 22, 25, 26, 31,40,46,52, 56, 71, 78, 80, 120 and 124
  • Cooperative Societies Act (Chapter 24:05)
  • Small and Medium Enterprises Act (Chapter 24:12)
  • Domestic Violence Act (Chapter 5:16)
  • Gender Commission Act (Chapter 10:31)
  • Cabinet Directives

Ministry Core Values

  • People Driven
  • Responsiveness
  • Accountability
  • Teamwork
  • Integrity
  • Gender Sensitivity & Inclusivity

Departments, Sections, and Parastatals

  • Women Affairs Department
  • Gender Department
  • Community Development Department
  • Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperatives Development Department
  • Human Resources Department
  • Finance and Administration Department
  • Legal Advisory Department
  • Strategic, Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Department
  • Procurement Management Unit
  • Audit Section
  • Communications and Advocacy Section
  • Zimbabwe Women Microfinance Bank
  • Small and Medium Enterprises Development Corporation (SMEDCO)

Ministry Overall Functions

  • Formulate, recommend, implement, coordinate and evaluate policies, strategies, and programmes that promote women empowerment, gender equality, community, cooperative, and MSMEs development.
  • Develop and promote value chains for goods and services produced by women, communities, cooperatives, and MSMEs.
  • Provide, coordinate and facilitate technical and entrepreneurship skills and management training that support the empowerment of women, communities, MSMEs and cooperatives.
  • Promote equal and equitable access, control, and ownership of resources in order to address gender inequalities.
  • Ensure prevention and response mechanisms to reduce all forms of gender-based violence.
  • Develop and maintain through research, databases, and publications on women empowerment, gender, communities, cooperatives, and MSMEs.
  • Coordinate research work and publications on gender and provide gender-sensitive information and sex-disaggregated data for use in planning and project implementation at all levels and in all sectors.
  • Provide support for technology access and development for women, community, MSMEs and cooperatives.
  • Administer development funds for women, communities, MSMES and cooperatives.
  • Administer all Acts assigned to the Ministry.