This report is part of the third phase of the research project that led to the Gender Links (GL) publication: At the Coalface: Gender and Local Government in Southern Africa. The aim of this programme is to conduct research on gender and local government in all of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries. So far research has been completed in ten: Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
This is a report on the research conducted in Zimbabwe between November 2009 and April 2010, in which 101 councillors in 19 localities participated in interviews and 315 women and men in focus group meetings. Their views and voices are the heart of this work.