At least 4 Young women’s Club Movements (YWCM) from Bulawayo, Gwanda, Umzingwane, Lupane and Plumtree were oriented on the roles they should play in community development and public participation.
During the meeting, 26 young women were trained on advocacy strategies which include lobbying and petitioning.
Through this orientation, young women will have the capacity to advocate for improved service delivery in their different communities.
Speaking during the orientation, a young woman from Plumtree said local authorities should improve their information dissemination tactics so as to increase public participation of youths, women and all citizens.
“As a movement of young women, we are interested in lobbying Plumtree Town Council (PTC) to improve their communication skills and information dissemination tactics so that all citizens are aware of public meetings,” said Nanziwe Maphosa.
Maphosa also said Plumtree has been experiencing intermittent water cuts and there has been no water for at least two weeks and council should take full responsibility through providing information to residents and taking the necessary steps to provide access to quality water.
Young women also identified issues affecting them within their community ranging from political, economic and social issues.
In Gwanda, young women lamented the local council’s failure to address access to housing.
“In Gwanda, people still live in bachelor homes and use community taps and public toilets. Some of the members of the community have now resorted to letting the children sleep on the roof of the house as there is no space. As young women we want to lobby Gwanda Council to improve access to housing for women and improve residents’ living conditions,” said Sibusisiwe, a young woman who resides in Gwanda.
At the end of the meeting, young women produced and shared draft petitions to assess their understanding of the petitioning process.
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