PACT-WOMEN DEMANDING ACCOUNTABLE GOVERNANCE
The project ‘Women Demanding Accountable Governance’ was implemented from June 2018 to May 2019 in 4 wards of Tsholotsho district, 2 wards of Plumtree Town and 2 wards of Umzingwane District, targeting women as primary beneficiaries, men and solution providers as secondary beneficiaries.
The project was implemented after the realization that despite countless efforts to increase women’s participation in governance and democracy, their voice and presence still remains elusive. As a result, the issues that affect them are not prioritized or attended to by the government, public institutions and political actors. Additionally, duty bearers were not doing much to fulfil the rights of the citizens and women were not aware of the mechanisms in which they can engage duty bearers towards claiming and demanding for the fulfilment of their rights.
Therefore, the project ensured that women in these 3 districts have the necessary skills towards advocating for the fulfilment of their rights and ensuring that they participate in local development programmes. This was strategic towards achieving positive social change.
Through this project, women managed to channel their frustrations into positive change through holding duty bearers accountable for poor service delivery using the social accountability forums. This was a positive step towards promoting a culture of transparency and answerability which will ultimately lead to more democratic societies.