HARARE-- President Emmerson Mnangagwa has rallied women to vote him into office in Zimbabwe's general election Monday while promising to continue prioritising women empowerment and to be responsive to their rights and needs.

Addressing his last public rally here over the weekend at an audience made up mainly of women in business, President Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe was set for "a new era on gender relations" which would work on reducing inequalities.

"In the new Zimbabwe, there is no room for chauvinism and sexism or any form of abuse towards women or any society, no matter the pretext or circumstances," he said, adding that it was impossible to achieve modernisation in the country without taking into consideration the role and contribution of women.

"Together, with integrity and respect we can build Zimbabwe, we can build the Zimbabwe we want, a prosperous Zimbabwe where everybody feels comfortable and everybody with talent gets rewarded and everybody lives above the poverty datum line."

President Mnangagwa said the government had established the Women's Bank and would soon put in place another revolving fund to support women projects at low interest rates as part of measures towards empowering them.

"We know that women are honest and hard-working and when they get a loan they use it for the intended purpose unlike my male colleagues who use it for something else,?"he said while committing to further

capitalise the Women's Bank.

He said his government was committed to protecting and promoting women's rights, preventing gender-based violence and reducing gender inequalities. "We are making progressive changes to legislation to strengthen the protective environment for girls and women," he said.

Various women speakers at the event urged President Mnangagwa to continue putting in place measures that emancipate women. They lauded his administration for achievements registered in various economic sectors which they said would translate into improved living standards.