Promoting Domestication of Constitutional Human Rights Principles in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe enacted a new constitution in July of 2013. As a direct result of extensive advocacy by women’s rights organizations, the new constitution contains robust and comprehensive protections of women’s human rights and principles promoting gender equality.  These constitutional principles require extensive reform of existing legislation and policy. The Zimbabwean government is now in the process of legal alignment of potentially 400 current laws.

The Zimbabwe Women’s Lawyers Association (ZWLA) has asked IHRC to assist in ensuring legislation is revised in accordance with the constitution and international human rights standards. IHRC will be conducting comparative legal research in ZWLA’s priority areas (marital, property and socio economic rights), developing draft proposed legislative language and identifying areas of strategic litigation. IHRC will also potentially be presenting its findings to the Zimbabwean government, international agencies, domestic NGOS and other stakeholders in Zimbabwe.

In Fall 2016, the International Human Rights Clinic published a report of their research and findings titled "Take a Girl Child to Work Day: Implementation in Zimbabwe. Read the full report here