Female councilors urged to support each other.
By Mvelo Mthiyane Zondo
RESEARCH has it on good record that women do not work together. However, there is a pervasive stereotype that suggests otherwise, and many women encounter it – the idea that women do not work for mutual good and instead constantly compete to bring each other down.
That as it may, Gwanda District Development Coordinator, formely known as District Administrator Ms Keliboni Ndou urged women in leadership and those in communities to work together towards achieving positive goals that will bring community development.
Speaking during the Gwanda Rural District Council Gender Committee meeting held at Rdc boardroom, the female district leader expressed her concerns with a strong blame on her female counterparts.
“Before we can even go to the communities, the problem starts here. If we look at the composition of our RDC committee we will realised that it is male dominated.
Chairperson is a male, vice male and other vital committees are led by males save for the gender committee which is bad. Lets have a culture of putting females on higher decision making position, e.g if the chairperson is male the vice has to be female, ” said DDC Ndou.
Gender committee chairperson, Councilor Marry Mpofu concurred with DDC Ndou saying she was once ridiculed by other women during a ward community meeting for sitting on a chair.
“I personally experienced that in my ward when my fellow women ridiculed me and was reduced to nothing when I sat on a chair while the rest of females were seated on the floor.
My act was equated to that of a disrespectful women who seat on a chair together with male counterparts, ” said Cllr. Mpofu.
Meanwhile the gender committee meeting came at a time when Ntepe Community radio was launching its project of promoting female councilors through the use of social media platforms under the theme, Local-Women-Local-Voices.
Following a realisation that female Councillors’ voices are not prominent in the media, the community radio movement has moved to ensure female Councillors’ voices are amplified through the use of alternative media.
The pilot project that seeks to promote the visibility of female councillors is targeting 51 local authority leaders.
The project also intends to strengthen the capacities of female councillors in public administration through equipping them with media communication skills including enhancing their knowledge of the constitution and council by-laws.
This will also open up avenues for women to articulate their issues, participate in political decision- making as well as advancing their interest.