Whilst women comprise the majority of Zimbabwean citizens, they are some distance from this fact respected in the composition of the various elected and appointed bodies in the Zimbabwean polity.

Zimbabwe is undergoing extensive discussions among female representatives, members of political parties and civil society groups about the importance of quotas in elected bodies. Previous RAU reports have examined the issues around Proportional Representation and the views of women about participation, and builds on 20 previous reports around these issues.