Zimbabwe: Chinhoyi Municipality


Date: July 12, 2018
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Chinhoyi is located on the western banks of the Manyame River, in Makonde District, in Mashonaland West Province in central northern Zimbabwe. Its location lies approximately 121 kilometres, by road, northwest of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe and the largest city in that country. The town lies on the main road, Highway, between Harare and Chirundu, at the International border with the Republic of Zambia, about 250 kilometres, further northwest of Chinhoyi. Chinhoyi is the provincial capital of Mashonaland West. It boasts of a University in Chinhoyi University of Technology. It is also known synonymously for the natural heritage site, the Chinhoyi caves. The council has a website.

Chinhoyi Municipality has a Gender Policy that was crafted in 2017. The council has no female councillors as all 15 councillors are male. Council has a junior council through which young people participate and air their concerns. The junior council is composed of more boys than girls and the mayor is male. In Chinhoyi council works with stakeholders who work with the various groups of people including, women, youth and people with disability. These groups usually participate in various foras including water and sanitation, waste management, budget consultation and junior council meetings. Between 51-75% of women participate at these meetings.

Chinhoyi Municipality has a total workforce of 366, of whom 137 are women. In terms of decision making at managerial level women account for only 2 of the 12 managers. The Expenditure Accountant, Town Planner, Committee Officer and Chief Security Officer are the only women employed in non-traditional jobs in council.

Zimbabwe by law prescribes for 3 months paid maternity leave thus Chinhoyi Municipality provisions for it. The council does not have a sexual harassment policy and as such cases are dealt with through the council code of conduct. The council has ensured Disability-friendly access through constructing ramps at the main council entrance to ensure ease of access for people with disability.

Chinhoyi Municipality has allocated a substantial budget to gender-related projects between 2016 and 2017 as below.

Category Budget 2016 Budget 2017
Resources allocated to gender policy process and action planning $3 000 $3 000
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality in decision-making and public participation $5 000 $8 000
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality/family friendly/ youth and disability friendly policies and practices $40 000 $40 000
Resources allocated to gender-responsive local economic development $19 760 $20 000
Resources allocated to promoting gender/youth/PWD responsive projects on climate change  

$1 050

 

$35 000

Resources allocated to promoting gender/ youth and disability friendly infrastructure and social development policies and practices $110 213 $250 000
Resources allocated to promoting gender/ youth and disability friendly SRHR, HIV and AIDS programmes $15 000 $20 000
Resources allocated to ending gender violence $40 000 $40 000
Resources allocated to visibility for the Council’s Gender Action Plan $3 000 $5 000
Resources allocated to Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for the Council’s Gender Action Plan  

$500

 

$800

Chinhoyi Municipality has a staff development policy- the council has training and educational policy where staff especially women are trained so that they occupy the top key posts. Empowering women in the organisation through the educational policy that has been availed to all employees to create equal opportunities this has seen a number of women advance their educational and professional qualification which will lead to the council to deliver total quality service to the community more effectively.

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