The GEPPF programme is premised on the need to mainstream gender into local and national governance policies, programmes, and budgets to achieve good economic governance. The overall programme goal is ‘Women economically empowered through capacity building of government to mainstream gender in social and economic sector ministry policy, programmes and budgets in line with the National Gender Policy, to contribute to poverty reduction”.
ZWRCN plays a pivotal role in Zimbabwe in advocating for gender and economic justice. ZWRCN is informed by a robust advocacy strategy which encompasses pre and post local government budget consultations, setting up of provincial budget action committees, facilitating public dialogue meetings and lobbying meetings with local authorities and relevant Parliamentary Portfolio Committees. ZWRCN’s advocacy initiatives in this regard aim at building the ‘demand side’ of governance.
To contribute towards Gender Responsive Public Services (GRPS) in Zimbabwe, Gender responsive public services (GRPS) and Gender responsive budgeting (GRB) in local authorities and key line ministries, and budget monitoring to ensure support to SMEs, Safer cities and towns to reduce Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in public spaces through delivery of essential services to women and girls i.e. SRHR, water, street lighting, safe market spaces and safe transport systems
The GIP is the arm of the organization that manages information dissemination and communications. It is premised on the fact that information is central to women’s empowerment and to the nation’s development and promotes women’s access to and control of information including communication technologies (ICTs). The programme has three components: Resource Center, IT Administration, and Knowledge Management and Production (KMP).
This dimension of ZWRCN’s work integrates Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) in all programmes including website maintenance, virtual products, and technical aspects of the organization’s online presence.01
ZWRCN manages the flow of gender and development information generated within and outside the organization though processing, repackaging, and publishing it. The organization’s social networks on Facebook, Twitter and website blog aim to maintain dialogue on pertinent gender and development work and the organization’s activities.02
The ‘Secret Garden’ aims to be a safe physical space, particularly for women, where gender and development information is exchanged, and discussions take place. Women from all walks of life are free to interact with others in this space to relax, learn and exchange information on issues pertinent to their daily lives.03