Zimbabwe: Ruwa Town Council


Date: July 12, 2018
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Ruwa is one of the few local authorities in Zimbabwe which is being directed by an acting female CEO.   The local authority recognizes that every policy decision affects women and men differently. Situated in a Free Trade zone Ruwa is open to a lot of investment opportunities. Ruwa Town Council is one of the few council with a dedicated facebook account. You can view some of the services they offer on their website.

The council has a gender policy that guides their operations vis-à-vis gender and service provision. Currently, there are nine councillors (6 male and 3 female). Ruwa Town Council has five committees, and only one is chaired by a woman. Council has a junior council that is composed of more girls than boys whose leader is male.  In Ruwa young people, people with disabilities and women in the community participate mostly in participate freely in ward development and budget consultative meetings. Women’s attendance to these meetings is usually higher than that of men as 51-75% of women participate at these meetings.

Ruwa has a total workforce of 219 (172 men; 47 women). One out of the five managers in council are women. The building inspector, roads supervisor and plumber work in non-traditional areas of employment. Zimbabwe by law prescribes maternity leave thus Ruwa 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 Labour Act. The council has ensured Disability-friendly access to its buildings by constructing ramps to the council offices and ablution facilities.

Ruwa Town Council allocates 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 $5 000 $5 000
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality in decision-making and public participation  

$6 000

 

$6 000

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

$2 000

 

$2 000

Resources allocated to gender-responsive local economic development $250 000 $300 000
Resources allocated to promoting gender/youth/PWD responsive projects on climate change  

$15 000

 

$19 000

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

 

$2 000 000

 

 

$500 000

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

$50 000

 

$70 000

Resources allocated to ending gender violence  

$20 000

 

$30 000

Resources allocated to visibility for the Council’s Gender Action Plan  

$1 000

 

$2 000

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

$1200

 

$1 200

Ruwa is active in Climate change response. Women and youths are involved in picking usable refuse for recycling and clean up exercises. The council also is active in undertaking 50/50 campaigns.

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