Summit 2018 – Goromonzi Rural District Council COE

Date: July 11, 2018
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Situated in Mashonaland East, Goromonzi RDC is regarded as one of the best Rural District Councils in the country.  In their first ever participation at the SADC Protocol Summit in 2013 they managed to come out tops in the SADC region in the category of Sexual Health & Reproduction, thanks to their work on provision of accessible clinics in their area. They have never looked back since then. The council has a Facebook page and dedicated website.

Goromonzi Rural District Council has a draft gender policy which is at consultation stage. The council has 25 councillors (20 male and 5 female). The deputy chairperson of council is female. Of the 7 committees in council only 2 are chaired by women. The council also has a junior council whose composition is female dominated though the leader of the junior council is male. Goromonzi has a total workforce of 28 employees, of whom 8 are women. There are no women occupying management positions. The planning officer is the only female in council who works in non-traditional areas of employment. Council has taken steps to try and encourage women to apply for jobs within council but ensuring there is clause in the advertisements to that effect.

Women, youth and people with disability participate in various campaigns, budget consultation and review meetings, village and ward meetings. Approximately 76-100% of participants at these events are women.

Zimbabwe by law prescribes a paid maternity leave of 3 months, thus Goromonzi provisions for it. The council has no provisions for paternity leave. The council has a sexual harassment policy governed by the council code of conduct and whose cases are reported to the Human Resources and Administration Officer who decides on the course of action to take should they receive any complaints of sexual harassment. Regards disability-friendly access council has put ramps on all council office entrances, clinics and schools. All plans for public institutions being approved should comply with this. All public institutions that are existing are now encouraged have toilets with facilities for people with disability.

Goromonzi Rural District Council allocates a substantial budget to gender-related projects, these amounts have largely remained the same, with a few exceptions between the 2016 and 2017 budgets.

Category Budget 2016 Budget 2017
Resources allocated to gender policy process and action planning $500 000 $600 000
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality in decision-making and public participation $9 000 $7 000
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality/family friendly/ youth and disability friendly policies and practices $9 000 $7 000
Resources allocated to gender-responsive local economic development $100 000 $300 000
Resources allocated to promoting gender/youth/PWD responsive projects on climate change $74 949 $31 625
Resources allocated to promoting gender/ youth and disability friendly infrastructure and social development policies and practices $1000 000 $1089 333
Resources allocated to promoting gender/ youth and disability friendly SRHR, HIV and AIDS programmes $98 000 $66 610
Resources allocated to ending gender violence $50 000 $4 000
Resources allocated to visibility for the Council’s Gender Action Plan $15 000 $7 000
Resources allocated to Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for the Council’s Gender Action Plan $20 000 $10 000

Goromonzi Rural District Council has no street lights but efforts an initiatives have been put in place to have then installed. Council has entered into a partnership with Econet Wireless Zimbabwe to start installing tower lights at Juru District and Goromonzi Rural Service Centers.

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