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Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences (2010)

Empowerment of women in local development decision making structures : ‘to empower a woman is to empower the nation’ : the case of the Zambezi Valley, Zimbabwe

Munenge Maxwell Dodo

Titre : Empowerment of women in local development decision making structures : ‘to empower a woman is to empower the nation’ : the case of the Zambezi Valley, Zimbabwe

Auteur : Munenge Maxwell Dodo

Université de soutenance : Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences

Grade : Masters of Development, specialisation Social inclusion, Gender and Rural Livelihoods 2010

Résumé _ Since the late 1950s when the Zambezi Valley communities were displaced after the construction of the Kariba dam to pave a way for the hydro electric scheme women have not received any attention for their quest to participate and access development decision making structures such as the VIDCO, WADCO and RDDC. An unequal distribution of power has persisted for years without any remedy to date. Furthermore, successive governments have continuously failed to acknowledge the cause of the women’s plight. Mostly the Tonga women have been treated on an equal footing with any other women in the country, yet they have a unique history that requires some form of affirmative action. Much of the so-called ‘development’ aimed at empowering women in the ‘resettlement’ areas can be traced to sympathetic churches or development agencies rather than the government. Instead, Rural District Councils have implemented general development programmes, as directed by national policies, without really taking into consideration the empowerment of women through participation in local development decision making structures to enable them deal with their immediate needs and concerns.

The focus of this study was to come up with recommendations that could possible give women more decision making power in local development structures. This study examined how access and participation in local development decision-making structures can enable women to make strategic choices about their concerns and priority needs. On a positive note it was found that there is a considerable improvement in as far as accessing decision making structures and women are now occupying positions of influence such as village heads. Above all some women have been trained by Basilwizi a local community based organisation to engage with their community leaders, to place their demands, preferences and issues that directly affect them.

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