Summit 2016 – Umguza Rural District Council COE

Date: July 5, 2018
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The Umguza Rural District Council is in the Matabeleland North province of Zimbabwe.

Currently, there are 19 councillors – six are female and thirteen are male. The mayor of the council is a woman, and of the seven committees, the council has, three are chaired by women. The council does not have a Umguza junior council however the youth of the community have actively participated in developmental projects. Approximately 51 – 75 percent of women participate in public consultations.

Of the total workforce of 65, the council employs 21 women, 36 youth and one person living with a disability. There is an equal balance of gender representation in the management positions. Examples of women in non-traditional areas of decision making include an engineer, environment officer and assistant treasurer.

The council provides paid maternity leave which is 3 months long, paternity leave which is between 2 – 4 weeks long as well as flexi-time for lactating mothers. The Umguza RDC has a sexual harassment policy. The council does not yet have disability-friendly toilets.

The council’s budget for gender related projects is reflected below:

Category Budget 2015 Budget 2016
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality in decision-making and public participation $3 500 $3 500
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality/family friendly/ youth and disability friendly policies and practices No budget allocated No budget allocated
Resources allocated to gender-responsive local economic development No budget allocated No budget allocated
Resources allocated to promoting gender/youth/PWD responsive projects on climate change $65 000 $70 800

 Council through its social services department facilitates for care work in the district and ensures participation by holding various care work workshops. Council has a long-standing and ongoing partnership with the Ministry of Health department and District Aids Council that ensures care workers are capacitated with expertise and skills as well as material wise.

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