The Vision

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

Program Priorities

To deliver on it’s mandate the Ministry is guided by the following priorities

Women Empowerment

The Department comprises of two sections namely Women Affairs and Gender. The two sections complement each other as gender mainstreaming is a tool to achieve women empowerment. It coordinates the implementation of the National Gender Policy and mainstream gender issues into all sectors to eliminate all negative, economic, social and cultural practices that impede equality and equity of sexes.

Community Development

The Department focuses on the empowerment of communities in order for them to be self-reliant, self-sustaining, resilient and prosperous. The Department has a number of functions which include formulating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating policies, strategies and programmes that enhance community development in liaison with relevant line Ministries and stakeholders among others.

SME Development

The Department is responsible for formulating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating policies and programmes that create an enabling environment for MSMEs and cooperative development in liaison with relevant line Ministries/stakeholders and provides business advisory and support services to enhance entrepreneurial capacity. Furthermore, it promotes business linkages between MSMEs and Large Corporates.

Cooperative Development

The Department is responsible for developing sustainable Cooperatives through implementing policies, projects and programs. It also promotes the development and maintenance of an updated database on MSMEs and cooperatives. In addition to this, the department monitors and inspects operations and activities of Cooperatives across the country and promotes research and development on MSMEs and Cooperatives.

ZWL 1000000 +
SMEDCO disbursed
Female SMEs Trained
80. %
5th and 6th 100 day cycle Programs and projects
60. %
access working space

Our Principals

Hon. M. Mutsvangwa (Sen)


Hon. Dr. J.N. Mhlanga (MP.)


Dr. Mavis Sibanda


L. Matsika-Takaendisa (Mrs.)

CHIEF DIRECTOR FOR Gender policy planning and programme managmen:

F. Gondo (Eng.)


Ministry Core Values

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

People Driven

Formulate, recommend, implement, coordinate and evaluate policies, strategies and programmes that promote women empowerment, gender equality, community, cooperative, and MSMEs development.


Administer all Acts assigned to the Ministry.

Gender Sensitivity & Inclusivity

Promote equal and equitable access, control and ownership of resources in order to address gender inequalities.

Latest News

Zim-Malawi Join Hands To Champion Regional Women Empowerment

WORK being done by women leaders to bring development to fellow women and communities is not going unnoticed, not only within our borders but in the SADC region as a whole. A delegation from Malawi led by the country’s Parliamentary Women Caucus Chairperson and politician Hon Roseby Gadama recently paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Dr. S.G.G. Nyoni.

MSMEs critical to sustainable development

The Minister of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development, Honourable Senator Monica Mutsvangwa has implored Governments across the world to prioritise Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises as they are key to sustainable development and equitable distribution of resources.

Women Take Their Place In the Country's Economy

CONSTRUCTED at a cost of US$500 000, Tasimudzwa Women’s Gold Milling plant in Guruve is close to completion and will be officially commissioned early this year much to the delight of those who are set to benefit from the facility in the Mashonaland Central province. The gold milling plant is one of many successful cooperatives dotted around the country, which are supported by the Ministry and its development partners and aimed at economically empowering rural women.