Namibia – Oshakati Town Council

Date: July 5, 2018
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Oshakati is a town that has a population of about 37,000 in the Oshana Region of Namibia. It is the regional capital and was officially established in July 1966.

The council is currently working towards implementing policies that will help with the reduction of gender-based violence (GBV) within the community. There are seven councillors within the council, of which four of those are men and three are women. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are both females.

Oshakati Council has two committees and both of them are chaired by women. There are more young women than men on the Oshakati Junior Council, and the chairperson is a young man.

Young people, people with disabilities (PWD) and community members participate in the community projects and meetings. They participate mostly during a PWD meeting that takes place on a quarterly basis.  Approximately 0 and 25% of women participate in public consultations. These public consultations include shack dweller association meetings, whereby the people discuss issues that affects them socially.

Of the total workforce, the council employs 49% men, 29% women, 19% youth and 3% PWD. There are four women out of nine people in the management, and women are now advancing to the senior positions in the in the council’s management. There are many women in finance, technical, public health, planning and properties.

There are provisions for maternity leave, and it takes three full months. However, there is none for paternity leave. The council has formulated a sexual harassment policy. The staff is fully aware of rules and regulations against sexual harassment, and so if such cases are reported the council has strategies they use to deal with the case. The council is disability-friendly. There are lifts and ramps within the council that are suitable for wheelchair users and any other person living with a disability.

The Oshakati Council does not have a budget line to support gender-related projects from 2015 and also in 2016.

As part of the Council’s local economic development plan, the council has opened markets to all groups within the community and most of them are dominated by women. The council also assists to obtain financial sponsorship through Government led programmes to fund emerging entrepreneurship schemes within the community. The council has also created job opportunities by which many people within the community have been employed, especially women.

Women and men within the council are involved in planning, management and maintenance of water and sanitation. There is a total number of 40 water and sanitation committees. There are 20 men and 23 women on the committees, and all these committees are chaired by women.

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