Zimbabwean Ambassador to Zambia Gertrude Takawira says there is a need for African countries in the southern region to empower women in the informal sector.
Takawira has singled out women who are into stone crushing.
She notes with concern that women in this sector have no machinery to facilitate their production.
Takawira has stressed the need for governments in the southern region to provide women with some machinery and protective clothing so that they can increase their production.
She says this is key in accelerating the industrialization agenda, which most countries have embarked on.