UCAZ Delivers Training on Transformative Leadership for Women in Local Government Forum

The Women in Local Government Forum is a UCAZ committee whose primary focus is to enhance women participation in local government. The forum is conducting leadership training primarily focusing on the 78 female councillors whose term ends in 2023. Currently, elected female councillors constitute 14% of the total number of seats in urban councils. women’s representation at local government level has declined and continues to decline. In the last three elections, we have seen this decline ranging from 19% in 2008 to 16% in 2013 and 14% in the 2018 election. This training will go along way in ensuring that the women are prepared for the upcoming elections.

If female councillors are capacited to give a good campaign strategy and manifesto, their leadership skills strengthened and confidence enhanced, then female councillors will retain their seats in 2023 Harmonised Elections.

Training objectives

The purpose of this training is to:

  1. Capacitate female councillors to serve their wards by coming up with achievable campaign manifestos
  2. Develop campaign strategies that will ensure that they win in 2023
  3. Build their confidence and sharpen leadership skills


Methodology



Owing to the COVID-19 regulations and restrictions this workshop was held online from the 30th of June to the 8th of July 2021. WALPE facilitated the training since there are experts in the field that have training manuals on Transformative Leadership for the Women in Local Government Forum. The participants were split into 5 groups, each group  had 15 participants.

Expected Outcomes

 

  1. At least 70 %  locally elected women retain their seats in the 2023 harmonised elections
  2. More women councillors to active roles within council such as mayor-ship or deputy mayor-ship

 

Partners

 

  1. Women's Academy for Leadership and Political Excellence (WALPE)
  2. Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe (UCAZ)

  3. Local Authorities Capacity Enhancement Project 2

 

Quotes from the field



 

 

“It’s never too late vasikana lets copy the positive things zvikuita nevamwe” Councilor Benza

 

 

 

“ Make use of the achievements you have made to ensure that we remain relevant in the communities” Councilor Lubimbi

 

 

 

“ Let’s take time to discuss and lobby for the alignment of the constitution with electoral laws, I feel this is the only way to achieve gender equality”Councilor Shoko

 

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