Zimbabwe: Mvurwi Town Council

Date: July 12, 2018
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Mvurwi is a town in Mashonaland Central province in Zimbabwe. Majority of the population are small scale farmers who rely on the agro-based economy. Mvurwi is a place which is primarily surrounded by farms and is conducive for farming. It is essential in the food production of the country.  The council was accorded town status in 2007.

The council has a gender policy that guides their operations vis-à-vis gender and service provision. Currently, there are seven councillors (2 male and 1 female). Mvurwi Town Council has three committees, and only one is chaired by a woman. Council has a junior council that is composed of equal numbers of girls and boys whose leader is female.

In Mvurwi young people, people with disabilities and women in the community participate mostly in participate freely in ward development and budget consultative meetings as well as campaigns. Women’s attendance to these meetings is usually higher than that of men as 51-75% of women participate at these meetings. Mvurwi has a total workforce of 56 (45 men; 11 women). Two out of the five managers in council are women. The Town Secretary is one of the very few women leaders in urban councils and works in non-traditional areas of employment. The other person I such a distinct role is the Community Services Officer.

Zimbabwe by law prescribes maternity leave thus Mvurwi provisions for it. The council does not prescribe to paternity leave. The council has no Sexual Harassment policy thus cases of this nature are addressed using the Council’s Employment Code of Conduct. The council has no Disability-friendly access for people with disability.

Mvurwi Town Councilallocates makes budgetary provisions to gender-related projects from 2016 to 2017 as below:

Category Budget 2016 Budget 2017
Resources allocated to gender policy process and action planning $11 200 $11 200
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality in decision-making and public participation  

$4 000


$2 000

Resources allocated to promoting gender equality/family friendly/ youth and disability friendly policies and practices  

$4 000


$4 000

Resources allocated to gender-responsive local economic development $10 000 $10 000
Resources allocated to promoting gender/youth/PWD responsive projects on climate change  

$1 000


$2 000

Resources allocated to promoting gender/ youth and disability friendly infrastructure and social development policies and practices  


$19 545



$40 000

Resources allocated to promoting gender/ youth and disability friendly SRHR, HIV and AIDS programmes  


Resources allocated to ending gender violence $12 000 $12 000
Resources allocated to visibility for the Council’s Gender Action Plan $


Resources allocated to Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for the Council’s Gender Action Plan  


Mvurwi has a local economic development initiative in the form of nutrition gardens, recycling- recycling plastic material to brick, women’s club- sewing, cooking, baking, and informal trading. These projects are mostly female dominated.

Click here to read more about Mvurwi Local Board.


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