Zimbabwe women councillors are preparing for a country conference on gender, justice and local government ahead of a regional meeting set for Johannesburg, South Africa next month.

Preparations are currently underway for the 3rd Gender, Justice and Local Government Summit in Johannesburg, where women in the local government sector are expected to attend.

The women will make presentations on what they are doing to end gender discrimination and promote the full participation of their fellow women in service delivery issues.

Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe Secretary General, Mr Francis Duri, who is part of the organisers, says currently local authorities are making preparations to ensure that their presentations are in line with the recommendations made by the region on proportional representation.

“We are in the process of assisting our local authorities to come up with best practises to enhance the participation of women in the local government sector as they are expected to compete with other countries in the region to ensure that we play our part in their participation,” said Mr Duri.

The pre- summit conference will be held in Kadoma from the 29th to the 30th of this month ahead of the 3rd Gender, Justice and Local Government Summit, which is expected to popularise the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development whose vision is to  have a 50-50 representation of men and women by 2015.

It will be running under the theme “365 days of local action to end gender violence,” and will showcase best practises in mainstreaming gender and ending gender violence at the local level.

The summit will witness key note addresses and parallel seminars by international and local experts in the field of gender justice and gender violence at local government level.

The summit will include a special session on the recent local elections in Zambia and Lesotho, and upcoming elections in Madagascar and Mauritius that has just adopted a quota on women in local government.