The Womenâ€™s Parliamentary Caucus and the and a local Non Governmental Organisation are working towards increasing local governmentâ€™s capability to develop gender responsive policies, programmes and budgets for women, as they constitute a higher percentage of consumers of local authorities services.
The programme, to be implemented in partnership with the Zimbabwe Women Resource Centre and Network, is aimed at ensuring that local authorities factor in gender issues when formulating budgets.
It is expected among other things to ensure that maternity services at council clinics are affordable and improved, and there is a consistent supply of clean water.
Speaking on the sidelines of a strategic meeting, Women’s Parliamentary Caucus Chairperson, Cde Beatrice Nyamupinga saidÂ gender budgeting project in the local government sectorÂ is expected to contributeÂ to the achievementÂ of Millennium Development Goal number 3, which seeks to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women.
â€œThe issue of gender equality is cross cutting, local authorities should have gender lenses when formulating action plans,â€ said Cde Nyamupinga.
The Zimbabwe Women Resource Centre and Network Executive Director, Mrs Naomi Chimbetete noted that women and other interest groups should be taught budgeting and advocacy skills to influence budgetary processes.Â
â€œThe major aim is that women should have power to influence planning and budgetary processes [that] take intoÂ account the practical and strategic needs and rights of women, boys and girls. As you know women face the challenges when service delivery deteriorates,â€ said Mrs Chimbetete.
Zimbabwe has acceded to declarations, conventions and protocols that aim to create an enabling environment for the attainment of equality between women and men through gender responsive budgeting.