The Zimbabwe Local Government Association (ZILGA) has called on government to ensure that gender policies are implemented, including increasing women participation in the economic and political spectrum.
The call came after the Minister of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development, Dr Ignatius Chombo acknowledged that gender sensitive policies that have been formulated have not been fully implemented and urged all government sectors to ensure active involvement of women in developmental issues.
The ZILGA National Gender Coordinator, Mrs Lucy Furamera said much needs to be done to ensure womenâ€™s issues are prioritised in local authorities as are the first people society turns to for resolving their immediate social problems.
An advocate for gender mainstreaming, who is also the District Administrator for Masvingo, Mr James Mazvidza said it is high time that the country shifts from the rhetoric concerning gender policies and ensure there is full implementation of such policies.
â€œAll gender programmes and other initiatives by the government to promote the participation of women in governance should be fully implemented,â€ said Mr Mazvidza.
Currently, out of a total of close to 2 500 councillors country wide, only 385 are women. 60 are urban councillors while 325 are rural based, with only one urban council chairperson for Plumtree.