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One hundred and twelve (112) women in Gwanda gathered this morning to influence Gender Responsive local government planning at a pre-budget meeting conducted at Red Cross Conference Centre.

Five Councilors attended the meeting and shared the importance of Gender responsive budgeting, citing the need to adhere to international best practices on budgeting and inclusive local government planning.

The aim of the meeting was to bring out the 2020 budget priorities from the perspective of women.

During the meeting, women stated that they are interested in the improvement of health care systems and road infrastructure. Women also demanded the introduction of a ward retention fund to address specific needs for each of the 10 wards.

Women identified and listed the 2020 budget priorities as follows:

  • Water and sewer
  • Health
  • Education
  • Fire and ambulance

The mayor Councilor Jastone Mazhale encouraged women to actively participate in local government processes. He also highlighted that council is in the process of fully utilizing its resources to increase its revenue and support citizens’ service delivery needs. “Gwanda municipality is interested in reviving Makhwezi Farm in the hope that revenue generated from the farm will support service delivery.

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