By Tapiwa Machemedze
WOMEN have been encouraged to take advantage of the 30 percent local government quota to enhance gender-sensitive development and social service delivery.
Mashonaland Central which has a 5.6 percent representation of women in local government positions is poised to benefit from the 30 percent women’s quota.
Mashonaland Central Women in Local Government Forum Chairperson Alderman Catherine Mahachi urged her peers to unite and take advantage of the empowerment drive, sentiments echoed by provincial secretary Rain Takundwa.
“We met and encouraged each other let us go and unite and encourage each other and do one thing urging other women to come to local government.”
“The issue of the 50 percent quota is not just about women in local government but enhancing equality.”
Mashonaland Central Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution Senator Monica Mavhunga applauded government efforts in meeting the constitutional requirements of 50/50 representation.
“This is a milestone achievement and is in line with our constitution which we passed in 2013 is talking of 50/50 so we are moving towards that.”
The increase in the representation of female councillors is expected to ensure more gender-sensitive representation and improve service delivery since women constitute a larger proportion of the population.