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PROJECTS: SUB CATEGORY

365 DAYS OF LOCAL ACTION TO END VIOLENCE AND

SOUTH AFRICA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND GENDER JUSTICE SUMMIT AND AWARDS 23 APRIL 2012 KOPANONG CONFERENCE CENTRE

EMPOWER WOMEN

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POLICY FRAMEWORK
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EXTERNAL POLICY ENVIRO Draft Gender Policy Draft Gender Action Plan Draft Social Development Strategy District GDS IDP

INTERNAL POLICY ENVIRO Employment Equity Plan Workplace Skills Plan Supply Chain Management Policy Preferential Procurement Policy Approved Sexual Harassment Policy Approved Workplace HIV/AIDS Policy

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GOVERNANCE
Public Participation Representation CWDMs Public Participation MayCo: 4 F, 8 M process is specifically Council: 23 F, 26 M structured to ensure that Senior Mgmt: 2 F, 5 M women are consulted equally in processes such as the IDP, Participation e.g arranging safe transport to Generally seasoned female meetings politicians participate more vocally Participating and mobilizing Workplace roadshows by snr mgmt other affected women to be show increased participation by part of efforts to correct the women regulatory environment for Women in mgmt equally participate LED. in discussions and decision making
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MAINSTREAMING GENDER INTO EXISTING PROGRAMMES


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1. Procurement
2. Climate change and sustainable development

1. Promote womens participation as contractors in construction and road maintenance programme through EPWP 2. Increased involvement of women in alien clearance and community greening projects. 3. Ensure involvement of women in our rural housing delivery programme 4. Upgrading of toilet facilities for elderly and disabled persons 5. Health Education

3. Land and housing 4. Water and sanitation 5. Environmental health

6. HIV/AIDS and Care Work


7. Social development

6. Educate women and men on voluntary counselling and testing which is a powerful tool for preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS.
7. Boys to Men and Mother-Daughter workshops

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GENDER SPECIFIC PROGRAMMES


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GBV flagship plan


Eerste Begin Shelter is a shelter for abused women with their children, its is based on a partnership between CWDM and the Saartjie Baartman Centre. Furthermore, the shelter has developed successful networks and forged important relationships with relevant role players in the community. Among these are FAMSA, House of Hope, Departments of Social Development and Correctional Services.

Key aspects of the programme rolled-out by Eerste Begin; empower, educate, support and transform women and their children who have experience physical, emotional, verbal and or sexual abuse so that they can be safe, independent, emotionally healed and effectively skilled. providing short term accommodation (which is for 3 to 4 months); intensive therapeutic counselling work; legal intervention (including legal advice and assistance regarding protection orders and divorce procedures); psycho-educational workshops that focus on domestic violence, assertiveness, communication skills, self esteem building, parenting skills and other relevant topics; residents further receive job skills training and where possible are provided with income generating opportunities and job placements.

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EMPLOYMENT PRACTISES AND ENVIRONMENT

1. Selection and Recruitment

2. Capacity Building

3. Working Conditions and Environment

1. Is done in accordance with the EE Plan 2. Is done in accordance with Workplace Skills Plan and officials are provided with the necessary exposure 3. Employee Wellness Programme being drafted is heavily influenced by the HIV/AIDS prevalence in district

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GENDER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

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Gender structures

CWDM launched a forum of women councillors and officials on 28 August 2009. Establishing the forum and securing full representation as per adopted Terms of Reference 2-day workshop with Genderlinks on GBV Action Plan Participating in the Genderlinks GBV Summit in March 2010 Institutional arrangement by CWDM to support the work of the forum Gender Links assisted CWDM to conduct a situational analysis on gender equality at the institution Specific inclusion of supporting the forum and GBV Programme in the CWDM Social Development Strategy

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GENDER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM


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Budgets Dedicated Gender Project and Budget of R264 300

Monitoring and evaluation Gender Project Objectives, Activities, Deliverables and Impact included in senior management meeting agenda Section 57 Manager submit formal monthly reports on Gender Project to Executive Mayoral Committee Gender Project included in Organisational Performance Management System of Council as well as External Audit Reports

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CHALLENGES

Revised Terms of Reference for WinLG Forum to be adopted by all Mayors and Municipal Managers Revising the Draft Gender Action Plan Community based structures must be developed to facilitate the link between local government and the communities. Sustaining the work of the forum post LAUNCH Convincing other municipalities in the district to dedicate funding and other resources for gender based programmes

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STRENGTHS
Progress- Siya Phambili! Strategic Workshop with all five local municipalities Feb 2012:
Review Terms of Reference, name of the forum

Workshop March 2012


Consolidating Forum (post-Election) Nomination to Provincial Womens Commission through consultative, inclusive and legitimate process Political Buy-in (all members of the forum were endorsed by the Municipal Managers and Mayors of all six municipalities)

Relationship with Genderlinks and SALGA

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LESSONS LEARNED

Partnerships and collaboration are key elements of success Proper Planning Institutional policy process to be driven by Management and Council Dedicated Gender Champion Senior Mgmt involvement

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NEXT STEPS
The Womens Fair Share CW Women In Local Government Forum will be officially re-launched in May 2012 It was agreed that ideas around the launch should as far as possible take the following consensus framework into consideration: launch should take place in a rural setting; launch theme will have women working on farms as a central element; launch should have a stronger focus on empowerment and less on the ceremonial Terms of Reference will be signed off by Mayors and Municipal Managers at the District Coordinating Forum in May
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ANY QUESTIONS?

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