Engendering Solid Waste and Environmental Management

Date: May 22, 2015
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The Council began participating in gender issues in the year 2012, but the HIV/AIDS Policy has been in place since the year 2000. The Policy has been revised in the period 2012-2015 to include issues of gender. Policy formulation has been smooth with the help of German International Zambia (GIZ), which has capacity-built officers in the Council such that no challenges are expected to be faced, should there be need to review the document. The policy has been a very useful tool in planning and implementation of Gender-Specific Projects, and mainstreaming of gender into other programmes or projects. Planned Gender-Specific Projects include “Gender mainstreaming in Council HIV and AIDS Workplace Policy and programmes ”, while gender-mainstreaming projects include the sure pledge by the Council to support gender in programmes activities such as support of women to participate in the annual International Womens ’ Day Celebrations, Youth Day Celebrations; and creating opportunities for women empowerment. As at April 2015, 17 women were employed as street cleaners. The Local Government Service Commission enjoys the monopoly of engaging officers, while the Council is only responsible for employing general workers, and this is an area where much of gender balance in terms of employment has to be done. Strides have already been made in this direction.

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