Local authorities have been urged to consider developing gender action plans in order to achieve gender parity.

This came out at a workshop held from the 11th to the 13th of this month in Bulawayo, where councils and local government leaders were told of various ways they could use to implement gender issues.

Country Manager of Gender Links Priscilla Maphosa, an organisation which mainstreams gender issues, told ZBC News that since councils are close to people they should consider developing gender action plans, budget for gender issues and develop separate gender policies.

 “The major challenge is that most of the councils are not coming up with gender sensitive budgets. As a solution to all these challenges what we are encouraging councils is that they must diversify their sources of building revenue so that they are able to get more funds, additional funds for them to be able to implement their action plan to provide gender sensitive service delivery,” said Ms Maphosa.

The Chief Executive Officer of Bubi Rural District Council Patson Mlilo said the workshop looked at how they are going to budget and implement policies without ignoring gender based issues.

“In our places when we are not doing something on water women would suffer a lot going to fetch water spending hour in queues for water or fire wood. What are we doing about that in our areas … we have learnt a lot that in every policy we should always consider both women and men,” Mlilo said.

Gender Links also pledged to monitor if councils are implementing the gender action plans which were developed during the workshop through assessing their service delivery.