Government says local authorities should factor in the concept of gender budgeting in the forthcoming budgets to ensure the effective use of resources to address inequalities in the local government sector.
Local Government , Rural and Urban Development Minister, Dr Ignatius Chombo made the remarks at the launch of the local government gender budgeting training manual in Harare.
He said if local authorities in Zimbabwe adopt gender budgeting, it will be in line with global trends that create an enabling environment to improve service delivery.
‘We are saying women should be given an opportunity to take part in the local government sector and this can be achieved if we adopt gender lenses in budget formulation. And as such we are saying local authorities in the forthcoming budgets should include this aspect,” said Dr Chombo.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Dr Sylvia Utete Masango said gender budgeting is ideal as it brings economic efficiency through the proper use of resources.
‘As the responsible ministry, we are saying gender equality should come during the consultative stages of budget formulation,” Dr Masango said.
The Women Resource Centre and Network which is spearheading the programme said since women bear the brunt of poor service delivery, their concerns should be reflected through gender sensitive financial instruments.
‘We have been working on this project for years and finally, we are happy that at least government is giving it the nod, so our local authorities should also include this critical aspect,” said Mrs Naome Chimbetete, from the network.
The concept of gender budgeting is in line with the SADC Gender and Development Protocol which provides for the participation of women in economic policy formulation and implementation.