Zimbabwe has over the years made great strides in advancing the attainment of gender equality and best practices in local government in line with the SADC Gender Protocol and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This came out at the launch of the 2018 SADC Gender Protocol at work summit held this Tuesday in Harare.

At least 79 out of the country’s 92 local authorities have joined the programme on gender mainstreaming which aims at ensuring local authorities provide gender sensitive service delivery.

Gender Links Country Director, Priscilla Maposa said progress witnessed so far include the adoption of gender policies, gender committees and setting aside budgets for gender programmes.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Mr George Magosvongwe called for a multi-stakeholder approach in support of gender equality programmes for meaningful development.

Running under the theme: ‘Local Action for a Strong 2030 Gender in Southern Africa,’ the two day summit will provide a platform for knowledge dissemination and sharing of best practices from various sectors across Zimbabwe.