Published On: Sat, Nov 5th, 2016

Norton Women urged to participate in Community development

By Trevor Makonyonga

Norton women have been urged to participate in meetings of community development and service delivery.

This was said by Ms Abigail Chikovha of Centre for Community Development in Zimbabwe (CCDZ) at a workshop hosted by Norton Residence Alliance (NORA) at Celebration Church in Norton on Monday.

Ms Chikovha said, “We should attend meetings within our wards. As women, we have to push for feedback meetings as we follow up on all the issues we would have raised. If we do not attend meetings, males will dominate us like what happened in Chinhoyi where a beerhall was erected in a space which was earmarked for a child care centre. Women simply didn’t respond to calls to attend meetings and their views were not heard.”

Ms Media Manyere of Social Economic and Justice Ambassador (SEJA) complimented Ms Chikovha by saying, “Women should always support each other. We as women should learn to esteem ourselves and be bold enough to attend meetings that affect our lives. We are the ones who are affected the most if there is no water so we should take seriously community development issues.”

The workshop also focused on educating participants on their roles as the citizens and the council’s role.

“We are using a human rights based approach where we engage both the duty bearers and the rights holders in bringing about development in urban areas. Imagine the tussle that would exist if the council fails to meet their expected role because they are blaming the residents for not paying; the residents on the other hand do not pay because the council is not giving them proper service delivery. That gap has to be bridged. Everybody has to know his role.” Said Ms Chikovha.

The workshop stretched from Monday October 31 to Wednesday November 3 2016. Participants at the workshop were equipped with knowledge about their constitutional rights on service delivery and they were also taught on the importance of participating in issues of development.

CCDZ also formed Community Working Groups during the 3 day workshop. zimbabwenewsday

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