Summit 2016: Chipinge Town Council COE

Date: August 31, 2018
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Chipinge RDC is located in Chipinge District, in Manicaland Province, in south-eastern Zimbabwe, close to the International border with Mozambique. The town in the high part of the District which is the heart of region one with the highest rainfalls.

The gender action plan in this council is in place. The council has ten councillors. Of all those, eight are male and two are women. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the council are both male.

The council has five committees. Women chair only one of those. There is an equal number of boys and girls in the council. The Junior Council is a male.

In this council, women and other community members participate on the public gatherings. They particularly take part in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and residents associations. Approximately 51% and 75% women participate in the public consultations.

Out of 11 people in the council’s management, four of them are women. Town secretary, director of housing, Housing officer, and IT controller are all women. The council is slowly instilling women in the top positions.

The council provides and pays for maternity leave for the period of three months. There is a policy against sexual harassment. That is provided in the code of conduct of the council. Such include, but not restricted to, unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of a sexual nature unwelcome sexual suggestive conduct. There are ramps for wheelchair users to move around easily.

The council allocated budget to support gender related projects from 2015 and 2016. It is as shown below.

Category Budget 2015 Budget 2016
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality in decision-making and public participation $10750 $10750
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality/family friendly/ youth and disability friendly policies and practices $10750 $10750
Resources allocated to gender-responsive local economic development $3920 $22400
Resources allocated to promoting gender/youth/PWD responsive projects on climate change No budget allocated $8000

The council’s economic development plan has allocated market stands, by which 91 men and 409 women occupy the Chipinge Town Flea markets. This is to help the community to have some income and also boost the country’s economy.

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