Zimbabwe: Shurugwi Town Council


Date: July 12, 2018
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Shurugwi is situated in the Midlands area of Zimbabwe. Known for its mineral activity like Chrome and Platinum.

The council has a gender policy that guides their operations vis-à-vis gender and service provision. Currently, there are 13 councillors (10 male and 3 female). Shurugwi Town Council has five committees, and only two are chaired by a woman. The deputy mayor is female.  In Shurugwi young people, people with disabilities and women in the community participate mostly in participate freely in ward development, health club 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.

Shurugwi has a total workforce of 118 (98 men; 20 women). There are no women in management at Shurugwi. Only the accounts clerks are employed in non-traditional areas of employment. Zimbabwe by law prescribes maternity leave thus Shurugwi 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 code of conduct. The council has ensured Disability-friendly access to its buildings by constructing ramps to the council offices. In addition almost 80% of business shops and other service providers have ramps for easy access by the people with disabilities.

Shurugwi Town Council 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 $800 $800
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality in decision-making and public participation  

$1 000

 

$800

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

$1 000

 

$800

Resources allocated to gender-responsive local economic development $7 000 $6 300
Resources allocated to promoting gender/youth/PWD responsive projects on climate change  

 

$26 460

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

 

$7 700

 

 

$7 700

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

$800

 

$500

Resources allocated to ending gender violence  

$400

 

$400

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

$100

 

$100

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

$100

 

$100

Shurugwi is active in Climate change awareness campaigns.

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