The recent parliamentary Portfolio on ICT meeting that was held on 12 November 2018 at the Parliament Offices advocated for full women representation in the various State Owned Enterprises (SOE).
The Chairman of the committee, Hon Charlton Hwende placed more emphasis on the gender composition of the boards in his opening remarks, considering that most SOE boards are either expired or dissolved.
By Concilia Muyendesi
” Women that are heading these parastatals are doing quiet well at least from the surface” said Hwende.
Telecommunication giants in attendance of the meeting included TelOne, Potraz and NetOne who were going through a basic familiarization process with government and responding to various questions raised about their past operations.
TelOne and Telecel were greatly commended among their counterparts as their head of departments are filled and led by women. Members of Parliament appreciated the women that are heading these parastatals and gave them a thumbs up, adding that it is of paramount importance that their financial results speak likewise.
TelOne set a good precedence with their board which comprises a good six member committee that is also chaired by a woman Mrs Julliet Machoba. The board strikes an equilibrium on gender composition which consists of three men and three women who are holders of MBA degrees in various related fields of study.
Only two telecommunication companies in Zimbabwe are led by women, TelOne under Chipo Mtasa as the Managing director and Telecel Zimbabwe with Angeline Vere as the Chief Executive Officer.
Other Business Women present at the meeting included Potraz’s Head of Legal Services Tsitsi Mariwo and the General manager for the TelOne Centre for Learning Mimmie Moyo
It is interesting to note that women are taking a lead role in the ICT business domain which is usually dominated by their male counterparts. This ideology works hand in glove with the business mantra that is routing for women to also play a central role in the business sector. Could a feministic approach generate positive changes in the ICT sector which will impact diversity in Zimbabwe’s communication game?